PERU: At least 20 people lost their lives and more than 50 people were missing after two boats collided in Peru’s Amazon Basin on Sunday. According to the officials, the accident took place at 5:30 am UTC-5 on the Huallaga River.
Meanwhile, the authorities have initiated an elaborate rescue operation involving firefighters, policemen, and sailors.
In an open statement, the National Institute of Civil Defense of Peru said, “So far there is an undetermined number of missing persons, as well as 11 dead and six injured.”
The boat was reportedly sailing at a slow pace to avoid a collision, it was the oil-carrying barge that hit it. Several passengers might have been asleep during the time of the collision. Currently, a Navy team has been deployed for relief and rescue.
Meanwhile, a ferry in Ibiza was evacuated after it crashed near a port on Sunday. The incident caused at least 15 people to be injured, including a 10-year-old boy who is in serious condition.
Unfortunately, this is Peru’s second mass tragedy after the bus accident on an Andean highway where almost seventeen people were killed. Even after investigation, the police are still unable to figure out why the bus left the road and plunged more than 200 meters (656 feet) down a hill.
Peru has so far reported 199 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant in different regions across the country.
The government official warned that figures are changing day after day and everybody knows that the genomic control capacity in Peru is very limited.
The health sector’s head remarked that there has been a sharp decline in the numbers, which created a “false sense of safety.” However, he underlined that such trend has paused in recent weeks.