Civil Defence chief of the Huanuco region, Hipolito Cruchaga said that the
"As of 12:00 pm (1700 GMT)... the death toll stands at 20 people," Civil Defence chief of the Huanuco region, Hipolito Cruchaga, told reporters.
Cruchaga said that the number of would be around 50, while the number of those missing could be around 25
However, reports said that the number of missing people could measure upto hundreds.
"An entire village, some 400 people, has completely vanished," Jorge Espinoza, a senior official in the Huanuco region, had earlier told N television.
"Some will be saved, but it appears the majority were buried," he said.