At least 15 dead in mudslide at hotel in Peru: Authorities

In this photo provide by Abancay police, officers and firefighters stand by a collapsed area of the Alhambra hotel in the city in Peru. (AP)
Updated 27 January 2019
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At least 15 dead in mudslide at hotel in Peru: Authorities

  • An avalanche of mud and rocks crashed into a hotel during a wedding celebration in southeastern Peru
  • People searching for missing relatives were urged to visit surrounding health centers

LIMA: An avalanche of mud and rocks crashed into a hotel during a wedding celebration in southeastern Peru, killing at least 15 people, authorities said Sunday.
“The avalanche broke through the walls of the hotel, entering it with force,” the mayor of the city of Abancay, where the hotel is located, told RPP radio.
The mayor, Evaristo Ramos, said about 100 guests had been invited to the wedding party Saturday and “there are 15 dead and 34 injured.”
Firefighters, police and residents worked through the night to rescue people still trapped under rubble.
Authorities said the Alhambra hotel was built very close to a hillside. A retaining wall collapsed, and the mudslide brought the hotel roof down on the party-goers below, they said.
People searching for missing relatives were urged to visit surrounding health centers to find and identify their loved ones.


SpaceX rocket carrying Moon-bound Israeli spacecraft lifts off

Updated 5 min 20 sec ago
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SpaceX rocket carrying Moon-bound Israeli spacecraft lifts off

WASHINGTON: A SpaceX rocket took off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral on Thursday night carrying Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft, which aims to make history twice: as the first private-sector landing on the Moon, and the first from the Jewish state.
The start of the flight went smoothly, with the first stage entry burn completed uneventfully less than three minutes after lift-off.
The Moon landing is scheduled for seven weeks’ time, on April 11.