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In pictures: Peru earthquake

Workers remove rubble in Ica after a powerful earthquake devastated areas south of Peru's capital, Lima

Local residents and rescuers search through rubble after Wednesday's powerful earthquake, which hit coastal areas of Peru, killing hundreds of people.

Residents remove the body of a quake victim in Pisco

UN officials said that the death toll was likely to rise as the destruction of buildings in the affected area was "quite total".

Hospitals treat people injured in the earthquake that struck Peru on August 15

More than 1,500 people were injured. Health workers abandoned an industrial strike to treat the casualties.

People walk amongst buildings destroyed by an 8.0-magnitude earthquake in Ica, Peru

The 8.0-magnitude quake left parts of coastal Peru in ruins, without electricity, water or communications.

A family inspect their damaged home in Ica

The province of Ica, south of Lima and close to the epicentre of the quake, was worst hit.

A man climbs from the wreckage of his office in Ica

Many of the more rudimentary homes and offices in the area simply collapsed under the sustained force of the quake.

Residents spill into the streets of Lima

In Lima, where many newer buildings are designed to withstand earthquakes, residents still poured into the streets, where the ground shook for two minutes.

Residents fearful of aftershocks sleep rough in Ica, southern Peru

Many chose to spend the night in outdoor public spaces, either because of damage to buildings or fears of aftershocks.

A huge sector of road affected by a landslip following Wednesday's earthquake in Peru

Outside the capital, roads were badly affected with many people in damaged towns effectively cut off.

Queues for public telephones in Lima

Meanwhile, thousands of people in Peru have been trying to contact loved ones.

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