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Children Paddle In Buckets To School After Floods Hit Peru

Dozens of people have died and 13,000 have been affected after floods left Peru's Amazon region underwater.

Swathes of Peru's Amazon region was underwater on Monday, March 25, following heavy rains across the country.

According to reports, more than 13,000 people have been affected by floods, at least 51 have died. Amongst the worst hit areas are Iquitos, Huanuco and Oxapampa.

13,000 people have been affected by floods, at least 51 have died. Image: AMERICA TV

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In rural Iquitos, school children were forced to paddle in buckets to navigate streets that have turned into rivers.

Earlier this month, Lima declared a state of emergency from the floods in over 650 districts in the country.

The wet weather is forecast to continue in many areas of Peru until next week.