Rescuers arrived in the nick of time to help a pregnant woman who had gone into labour amid floods in her her home town that have claimed the lives of dozens.
Maria Pingo, was stranded and unable to get to a hospital on her own and gave birth to a healthy baby girl in a Peruvian Air Force helicopter moments after she was picked up.
There were some tense moments leading up to the delivery as the crew had trouble pinpointing the 20-year-old mum to be’s exact location.
Troops asked her family – who had called for help as she went into labour – to set a tyre on fire, and they followed the smoke to her location.
Ms Pingo was rescued on Tuesday from the desert of Nueva Esperanza in Lambayeque, in northern Peru, where extreme floods have killed dozens and wreaked havoc for thousands of survivors.
She gave birth while she was being airlifted to a hospital in Chiclayo.
Ms Pingo and her baby were stabilised at the hospital and are doing well, local media reported.
Floods and mudslides have killed more than 100 people and left tens of thousands homeless since the start of the year.
At least 18 people are still missing.
Most of the devastation has occurred in northern Peru, with the worst hit region being Lambayeque.
More than 800 towns and cities have declared a state of emergency, and the country’s Armed Forces have been working non-stop to rescue victims from flooded areas.
The walls and ceiling of a 400-year-old church in the Lambayeque region collapsed during a rain storm, about an hour…
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