Peru – Floods in Piura Region Leave 2 Dead and 2,545 Displaced

Civil defence authorities in Peru say that flooding has affected over 90,000 people in the northern region of Piura since heavy rain began to fall on 30 January. As many as 2,545 people have been displaced, with over 500 homes destroyed and almost 19,000 flooded. Two people have died in the floods and two injured.

The district of Paita in Paita province and Ayabaca in Ayabaca province are the worst affected.

Major flooding has also been reported in the neighbouring region of Lambayeque, where as many as 1,877 houses have been destroyed and 60,000 people have been affected. Heavy rains have also been affecting parts of Tumbes region, also in the country’s north west.

A state of emergency was declared for 60 days for the regions of Tumbes, Piura and Lambayeque on 03 February, 2017.

State of Emergency announced in 3 regions after floods in Peru’s north west. Photo: Indeci

Piura Region

El Instituto Nacional de Defensa Civil (Indeci) says that heavy rain fell for 30 hours from the evening of 30 January, with flooding initially affecting the districts of Piura and Castilla in Piura Province, affecting around 2,000 people and displacing 50 people from their homes.

On 31 January a stream or creek known as 13 de Julio overflowed flooding areas of Paita district, Paita Province, where 84,000 have been affected. Two fatalities and 2 injuries have also been reported in the district as a result of the flooding. Houses in Paita have also suffered the worst of the flooding, with 340 homes completely destroyed and 16,800 flooded.

Indeci says that throughout the region the flooding has affected 94,025 people in 7 provinces; Piura, Talara, Paita, Huancabamba, Morropón, Ayabaca and Sullana.

As of 07 February there were 2,545 people displaced in the region, with most of them (1,700) in Paita district, Paita Province and around 500 in Ayabaca district in Ayabaca province.

A total of 18,902 houses have been affected by flooding, with 509 completely destroyed. Apart from Paita, where 340 homes were destroyed, the district of Ayabaca suffered some of the worst flooding, with around 100 homes destroyed.

Affected Areas

  • Piura Province – Districts of Piura, Castilla, 26 de Octubre, La
    Unión y La Arena
  • Talara Province – Districts of Lobitos, El Alto, La Brea y Mancora
  • Paita Province – Districts of Paita, Tamarindo y Vichayal
  • Huancabamba Province – District of Huarmaca
  • Morropón Province – District of Chulucanas
  • Ayabaca Province – District of Ayabaca
  • Sullana Province – District of Sullana

Flood summary

Last updated: February 15, 2017
Event
Northern Peru, February 2017
Date
January 30 to February 15, 2017
Type
River flood
Cause
Long-term rainfall

Locations

A - Paita, Piura
B - Ayabaca, Piura
C - Morrope, Lambayeque
D - Jayanca, Lambayeque
E - Chiclayo, Lambayeque
F - José Leonardo Orti, Lambayeque

Magnitude

River level
Overflowing
La Leche river, Lambayeque Region - February 1 to February 4, 2017

Damages

Evacuated
2,545
Piura Region - January 30 to February 8, 2017
Fatalities
2 people
Piura Region - January 30 to February 8, 2017
Buildings destroyed
509 buildings
Piura Region - January 30 to February 8, 2017
Evacuated
24,755
Lambayeque Region - January 30 to February 8, 2017
Buildings destroyed
1,877
Lambayeque Region - January 30 to February 8, 2017
Fatalities
1 person
Lambayeque Region - January 30 to February 8, 2017