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Peruvians mourn earthquake dead

Lima, August 17, 2007

Peru will hold three days of mourning for the victims of a devastating earthquake that has left hundreds dead.

Rescuers are still pulling bodies from ruined buildings in the rural town of Pisco and nearby villages, 200km south-west of the capital, Lima.

Hospitals and morgues were overwhelmed by the disaster, forcing residents to place dead bodies on the streets.

At least 450 people died and many more were injured, but officials say they expect the death toll to rise.

President Alan Garcia declared that all public buildings would be closed for three days - including schools, military bases and museums.

Garcia had earlier announced a state of emergency and sent cabinet ministers to the area.




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