Peru Floods – Hundreds Homeless After Rivers Overflow in San Martín

Several rivers in the San Martín department of Peru have overflowed after a period of heavy rain.

Over 2,000 families have been affected by the floods. INDECI, Peru’s National Institute of Civil Defence, report that around 300 families have been left homeless. The floods have completely destroyed 27 houses in the region, and a further 276 houses have been severely damaged, leaving them uninhabitable according to INDECI.

The Huallaga, Huayabamba, Serrano, Saposoa, Tonchima and Mayo rivers have all overflowed at some point since 01 December 2015. In San Martín department, the provinces of Mariscal Caceres, Picota, Huallaga, Rioja, Moyobamba, Bellavista and San Martín have all been affected.

Flood-affected areas in San Martin, Peru, December 2015. Image: INDECI
Flood-affected areas in San Martin, Peru, December 2015. Image: INDECI

Six bridges and around 15 km of highway have been damaged by the floods. Almost 5,000 hectares of farmland has also suffered damaged and 440 hectares of crops has been completely destroyed. More rain is expected over the next 48 hours in parts of Peru.

San Martín regularly sees flooding around this time of year. Two people died in floods in San Martin in early December last year. Flooding struck again a few weeks later in January 2015 around 3,000 people were forced from their homes.

Floods in San Rafael, San Martín, Peru, after the Huallaga river overflowed. Photo: INDECI
Floods in San Rafael, San Martín, Peru, after the Huallaga river overflowed, December 2015. Photo: INDECI
Floods in Bellavista, San Martin, Peru, December 2015. Photo: INDECI
Floods in Bellavista, San Martin, Peru, December 2015. Photo: INDECI