Peru: President flies over quake-affected areas of Amazonas

12:45 | Lima, Nov. 29.

The President of the Republic Pedro Castillo on Monday morning flew over the areas affected by the 7.5 magnitude quake that struck Amazonas region on Sunday.

During the overflight, the Head of State verified the situation in Utcubamba River and in towns where access is limited.

In remarks to TV Peru, Mr. Castillo emphasized that he will work —in partnership with the Armed Forces and the National Police— on the evacuation of the population to safe areas.

"We will hold talks for everyone to understand that life is above all," he stated.

As is known, a strong quake of magnitude 7.5 struck the northern region of Amazonas early on Sunday, as reported by the seismological center of the Geophysical Institute of Peru (IGP).

The seismic event occurred at 05:52 a.m. (local time) at a depth of 131 km and its epicenter was located 98 km east of the town of Santa Maria de Nieva, in Nieva district (Condorcanqui province), near the border with Ecuador.

In addition, due to its large magnitude, it was also felt in Peruvian capital Lima and various cities across the country.


Published: 11/29/2021
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