President Martin Vizcarra of Peru has pledged to help those who have been affected by an earthquake that devastated several neighborhoods in the capital Lima on Friday. While the death toll was not immediately confirmed, it was confirmed by at least one person as at least a dozen were injured. According to the Associated Press, residents of crowded shantytowns like La Cantuta said they panicked as the quake lasted more than two minutes.
Peru has been in the news lately after a years-long court battle with The New York Times that reached a decision earlier this month, in which Peruvian officials withdrew their claim to an accounting of a $20 billion mining deal signed in 1995 by ex-president Alberto Fujimori. At that time, Fujimori’s government signed the deal with Rio Tinto, a mining company based in Britain. Fujimori claimed the accounting had been changed and is seeking an additional $6 billion. He also says that the agreement inflates profits from a nearby mine.
Fujimori now faces several counts of crimes against humanity for crimes committed in the 1990s and early 2000s, and has already served time for corruption charges.