Peru – 10,000 People Still Affected by Floods in Tumbes

Civil defence in Peru (Instituto Nacional de Defensa Civil – INDECI) have carried out further damage assessments in areas of Tumbes region that have been affected by severe flooding since early March 2016.

INDECI say that 1,637 families have been affected and 14 homes destroyed. The area suffered around 12 hours of heavy rain between 02 and 03 March. Peru’s National Service of Meteorology and Hydrology (SENAMHI) said that the heaviest rains were recorded in Puerto Pizarro, where the accumulated total reached 139 mm.

The Tumbes and Zarumilla rivers overflowed causing damage in the two provinces of the same names. INDECI say that on 05 March the Tumbes recorded a flow of 600 m3 per second. On 06 March 6, 2016, at approximately 06:30, the flow had increased to 1056 m3 per second.

INDECI say that 14 homes were completely destroyed and seven schools and one health centre damaged. As many as 26 families were displaced and around 10,000 people have been affected.

In Tumbes province, the districts of Corrales, Pampas de Hospital, San Juan de la Virgen, San Jacinto, Puerto Pizarro, La Cruz and Tumbes were the worst hit.

In Zarumilla department, floods affected the districts of Zarumilla, Aguas Verdes, Papayal and Matapalo.

The President of Peru, Ollanta Humala, inspected areas affected by the floods in the Tumbes region on 04 March 2016.

Flood summary

Last updated: July 21, 2016
Event
Tumbes, Peru, March 2016
Date
March 2 to March 12, 2016
Type
River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall
Tumbes and Zarumilla provinces in Tumbes Region, Peru, suffered around 12 hours of heavy rain between 02 and 03 March. The Tumbes and Zarumilla rivers overflowed and 14 homes were destroyed, with seven schools and one health centre damaged. 26 families were displaced and around 10,000 people affected.In Tumbes province, the districts of Corrales, Pampas de Hospital, San Juan de la Virgen, San Jacinto, Puerto Pizarro, La Cruz and Tumbes were the worst hit.In Zarumilla department, floods affected the districts of Zarumilla, Aguas Verdes, Papayal and Matapalo.

Locations

A - Tumbes Province, Peru
B - Zarumilla Province, Peru

Magnitude

River level
Overflowing
Zarumilla River, Tumbes and Zarumilla provinces - March 5 to March 8, 2016
River level
1056 cubic metres per second
Tumbes River, Tumbes and Zarumilla provinces - March 6 to March 6, 2016
Rainfall level
139 mm in 24 hours
Puerto Pizarro - March 2 to March 3, 2016

Damages

Buildings destroyed
14 buildings
Tumbes and Zarumilla provinces
Evacuated
100 people
Tumbes and Zarumilla provinces
Affected
10,000
Tumbes and Zarumilla provinces - March 5 to March 10, 2016