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LIMA, PERU

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Peruvians in many regions of this South American nation continue to endure the devastating and sometimes deadly effects of torrential rains and massive flooding.

The ongoing deluge has claimed 94 lives and left an estimated 700,000 people homeless in Peru. Meanwhile, the disaster has cost the Peruvian economy an estimated $3.1 billion, or almost 2 percent of the country’s annual output of goods and services, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The floods have impacted about 1,400 Latter-day Saint families. No members have died and no Church properties have been seriously damaged, reported the Church’s humanitarian emergency response director, Bruce Muir.

All missionaries in Peru “are safe and accounted for and are performing community service in their areas,” he added.

The Church has aggressively responded, shipping more than 200 tons of food and other provisions to the impacted regions.

“Some 36,000 people have benefited, so far, from the Church donations,” said Brother Muir.

To read the full article on the Deseret News, click here