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Tallying The Flood Toll In Peru

After several weeks of heavy rains, Lima daily Peru21 has tallied the death and damage from flooding that stretches from north to south in the Latin American nation. "Terrible Toll" is the front-page headline in its Wednesday edition. The numbers include 78 dead, more than 140,000 residences damaged, and nearly 650,000 people affected since the ongoing, El Niño-driven disaster began several weeks ago.

Another 20 people are missing, according to Peru's National Institute of Civil Defense. Flooding and landslides have also caused major infrastructure damage, destroying nearly 2,150 kilometers of roadways and 175 bridges. El Comercioreports that the government is putting special emphasis on reopening blocked stretches of the Pan-American Highway, the network of roads running from Alaska all the way down to southern Chile, and traverses Peru from north to south.

The flooding has affected areas throughout the country, particularly along the northern coast. Hardest hit is the northwestern Piura Region, where six people have been killed and more than 19,000 left homeless, according to Perú21.

Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski visited Piura on Tuesday, promising help for the many victims. "We're trying to reach each family," he said. "We're working on this every second of every day."

Heavier-than-normal rains have swept across the country for the past several months, with flooding intensifying in recent weeks. Dimitri Gutiérrez, director of Peru's Institute of Oceanography and Climate Change, told Perú21 that the northern part of the country, from Tumbes to La Libertad, should expect rains and landslides to continue for the next two or three weeks.

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Utter Pessimism, What Israelis And Palestinians Share In Common

Right now, according to a joint survey of Israelis and Palestinians, hopes for a peaceful solution of coexistence simply don't exist. The recent spate of violence is confirmation of the deepest kind of pessimism on both sides for any solution other than domination of the other.

An old Palestinian protester waves Palestinian flag while he confronts the Israeli soldiers during the demonstration against Israeli settlements in the village of Beit Dajan near the West Bank city of Nablus.

A Palestinian protester confronts Israeli soldiers during the demonstration against Israeli settlements in the West Bank village of Beit Dajan on Jan. 6.

Pierre Haski

-Analysis-

PARIS — Just before the latest outbreak of violence between Israelis and Palestinians, a survey of public opinion among the two peoples provided a key to understanding the current situation unfolding before our eyes.

It was a joint study, entitled "Palestinian-Israeli Pulse", carried out by two research centers, one Israeli, the other Palestinian, which for years have been regularly asking the same questions to both sides.

The result is disastrous: not only is the support for the two-state solution — Israel and Palestine side by side — at its lowest point in two decades, but there is now a significant share of opinion on both sides that favors a "non-democratic" solution, i.e., a single state controlled by either the Israelis or Palestinians.

This captures the absolute sense of pessimism commonly felt regarding the chances of the two-state option ever being realized, which currently appears to be our grim reality today. But the results are also an expression of the growing acceptance on both sides that it is inconceivable for either state to live without dominating the other — and therefore impossible to live in peace.

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