It looks like a terrible summer season for flooding in the southern hemisphere.
Floods in Bolivia and in Peru, in the Amazon regions and along the mountain ranges on the eastern flanks of the Andes, are devastating. Rain is not unusual during the summer months in South America, but the scope this year looks to be disastrous. The hardest hit always are the poor, especially in rural areas.
Here are a couple of BBC reports:
Some of the mudslides and flooding could be predicted, given the lack of road-building standards and other public works practices. Others are just acts of god. United States foreign assistance programs that help with disaster relief are a drop in the bucket. So to speak.