Severe flooding continues to wreak havoc in Peru as torrential rains causes rivers to overflow. Some 62 people have died and 12,000 homes have been destroyed across the Andean nation since the rainy season began in December.

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Municipality guards help residents cross a flooded street in TrujilloDouglas Juarez/Reuters
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A child sleeps in a tent after heavy rain in the Castilla district of Piura, northern PeruMariana Bazo/Reuters
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A woman walks outside her house after a landslide and flood in Chosica, PeruGuadalupe Pardo/Reuters

The precipitation has been fuelled by unusually warm temperatures in the Pacific that would indicate a strong El Nino if they hold, meteorologists have said.

The intense rains and mudslides have caught residents in Lima, a desert city of 10 million where it almost never rains, by surprise. Schools nationwide have suspended classes. And seven of the nation's most dangerous criminals were temporarily transported to another facility after a river near the prison threatened to overflow.

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People trapped on a roof get rescued by the police after a massive landslide and flood in the Huachipa district of LimaGuadalupe Pardo/Reuters
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Residents of the Huachipa district of Lima are rescuedGuadalupe Pardo/Reuters
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A woman and a child are rescued in the Huachipa district of LimaGuadalupe Pardo/Reuters
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A truck is stuck in mud on the Central highway after a landslide and flood in Chosica, east of LimaGuadalupe Pardo/Reuters
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A man walks next to a flood-damaged home after heavy rain in Castilla district of PiuraMariana Bazo/Reuters
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A man sits next to the ruins of his home in TrujilloDouglas Juarez/Reuters
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View of a damaged cemetery after rainfall and floods in Laredo district of TrujilloDouglas Juarez/Reuters
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A boy looks at a damaged cemetery after floods swept through TrujilloDouglas Juarez/Reuters
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People remove mud from a bakery after a landslide and flood in ChosicaGuadalupe Pardo/Reuters
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Residents cross a flooded street in Trujillo, northern PeruDouglas Juarez/Reuters
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Residents cross a flooded street in Trujillo, northern PeruDouglas Juarez/Reuters
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A bus is seen after a landslide and flood in ChosicaGuadalupe Pardo/Reuters
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A man stands inside his house after a landslide and flood in Chosica, east of LimaGuadalupe Pardo/Reuters
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People remove debris after a landslide and flood in Chosica, PeruGuadalupe Pardo/Reuters

Police helicopters were deployed to rescue families from the floodwaters in the capital. A bus was toppled on the banks of the Ica River, south of the capital, but no injuries or deaths were reported. About half a million people in Peru live in flood plains, according to a recent report by state water agency ANA.