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    El Nino Kills at Least 5 in Peru Authorities

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    At least five people died as a result of heavy rain caused by the El Nino phenomenon in Peru, local authorities report.

    MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – According to Peru’s National Institute for Civil Defence, four of the victims were buried under a landfall at an illegal mine in the Puno Region. The fifth victim was killed by flooding in the same area.

    The total number of people who have fallen victim to El Nino in Peru since November 2015 now stands at 11.

    The El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is a cycle of warm and cold temperatures of the tropical central and eastern Pacific Ocean. The warm phase of ENSO is called "El Nino," while the cool phase is referred to as "La Nina."

    The El Nino phenomenon occurs at irregular intervals, every two to seven years. It causes increased rainfall across east-central and eastern Pacific Ocean, including the South American west coast. Depending on its strength, El Nino can lead to major flooding.

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