Overflowing rivers continued to wreak havoc in Peru as a result of torrential rainstorms. The death toll since the beginning of the year has reached 75. The highly unusual rains follow a series of storms that have struck hard in northern Peru, with voracious waters affecting homes, structures and roads, leaving some residents isolated. The storms are thought to be caused by a warming of the surface waters in the Pacific Ocean and are expected to continue for another two weeks. Peru’s government said that 374 people were killed in 1998 during a similar period of massive rains and flooding caused by rains blamed on the El Nino climate pattern. The government has deployed the armed forces to help police control public order in the 811 cities that have declared an emergency.