Severe rains trigger landslides, floods in Latin America

Heavy rains slammed parts of Bolivia and Peru over the weekend, leaving two people dead and thousands of families affected by flooding, authorities said. Local media reports say at least 8,000 families have been affected by the deluge. The government has declared a state of emergency for 60 days in the Amazonian city of Quellouno, where a river overflowed and caused a mudslide that damaged some 70 homes and left hundreds homeless, according to local media reports. Local weather services have predicted heavy rainfall in the Andes and Amazon regions for January.