LIMA, Peru (AP) _ A torrent of mud and boulders loosened by rain rushed down a hillside and buried a hamlet in Peru's Amazon jungle, killing 15 people, a civil defense official said Wednesday.

Four people were reported missing. Rescue workers dug through the mud in hopes of finding more survivors of Tuesday's landslide in the district of Jazan, 460 miles north of Lima, civil defense spokeswoman Sonia Coronado said.

The five known survivors of the community on the banks of the Utcubamba River said only two houses were not buried or swept away by the landslide.

Heavy rains began pounding the remote Amazon jungle region in January and intensified this month, flooding six villages on the Utcubamba and Maranon rivers.