1999 Photo Contest, Nature, 2nd prize

Eduardo Verdugo

Agence France-Presse

01 January, 1998

Residents of Trujillo visit the Mampuesto cemetery after floodwaters have covered the tombs in mud and caused part of the terrain to collapse. 'El Niño' ('The Child') is the name given to a warm current that sweeps across the Pacific, reaching the coast of Ecuador and Peru in late December - which is why local fisherman first named it after the Christ child. The current is often blamed for catastrophic weather conditions across the globe. The December 1997 El Niño lingered for months. By February 1998, floods in Peru had already killed 200 people.

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Eduardo Verdugo

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