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Woman trapped in mudslide

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Weeks of rain have swelled rivers across the country

President: "We know it is a difficult situation'

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The death toll in Peru’s flooding and mudslides reached 72 over the weekend, according to state-run news agency Andina.

More than half a million people in and around the country’s capital, Lima, have been affected by storms and flooding, authorities said. “We know it is a difficult situation, but we are controlling it, and we are hopeful that it will soon pass,” President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski said Monday.

Weeks of rain in Peru have caused rivers to rise and people to flee.

Rainy season could last 2 more weeks

Amateur video showed one woman’s dramatic escape in Punta Hermosa, a suburb of Lima.

The woman, identified in media reports as Evangelina Chamorro Diaz, pulled herself out from under fallen debris and walked – completely covered in mud – over fallen wooden panels. The video also showed a cow escaping from the mud-filled crater.

Diaz survived by grabbing onto tree branches and pieces of wood, Peruvian media reported. She was treated at a hospital and reported in stable condition.

Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski took to Twitter on Thursday to ask citizens to remain calm.

The rainy season could last another two weeks.