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Colombia, Peru disasters show growing risk from 'coastal El Niño'

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By Kary Stewart

South America is in the grip of an unprecedented climate phenomenon that has unleashed unusually heavy rains and taken a destructive toll. Worse still, it could be several weeks away from abating.

Several countries have declared a state of emergency, including Brazil, Ecuador, and Peru, where deadly landslides in Lima Province and flooding in Piura in the northwest have displaced 300,000 people and killed more than 100.

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