Lima, Peru: 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.
National civil defense chief Jorge Chavez said dozens of people who had been dancing were caught under the collapsing wall and a roof early Sunday at the Alhambra hotel in the Andean city of Abancay in southern Peru. He told RPP radio that at least 30 people had been pulled from the debris with injuries and were being treated at a nearby hospital.
The local civil defense head, Rusby Zela, said the city had been battered by five days of rains, and she said that led to the collapse.
“The avalanche broke through the walls of the hotel, entering into 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 and “there are 15 dead and 34 injured.”