Peru – Thousands Affected by Floods and Landslides Across the Country

Yet another period of heavy rain has caused major flooding and landslides in several areas of Peru over the last few days.

Floods and mudslides have affected parts of Lima Region, including the capital, where several rivers have overflowed.

Other parts of the country have also been affected, including the regions of Piura, La Libertad, Lambayeque and Callao.

Sadly the recent flooding is nothing new for many communities. The country has been experiencing periods of heavy rainfall since December 2016 and over 60 people have died as a result of flooding and landslides since then.

Local observers are calling the unusual climatic conditions “El Niño Costero” and are blaming the heavy rainfall on higher temperatures of the eastern Pacific Ocean waters. Further rainfall is forecast and authorities are bracing themselves for two more weeks of heavy rain, potential flooding and landslides.

Floods in Lima Region

Around 10,000 people have been affected by the current flood event in Lima Region.

On Tuesday 14 March, the rivers Rimac, Huaycoloro and Huaicos all overflowed in different points of the capital affecting Chaclacayo, Lurigancho-Chosica, El Augistino and Punta Hermosa. A bridge dramatically collapsed in Talavera, San Juan de Lurigancho, Lima Province.

Elsewhere in in Lima region the Supe river overflowed, inundating nearby areas in Ambar District. Authorities report that Mala, Chilca and Cañete have also been affected by flooding.

 

After the floods in Ambar district, Lima Region. Photo: INDECI

Northern Peru

Further flooding has also affected northern areas of the country over the last few days.

In Piura, the Piura River burst its banks leaving 12,000 people homeless, according to local media.

The Peruvian Army rescued a group of people trapped by flooding as a result of heavy rains throughout Peru’s northern Lambayeque region over the past days.

In La Libertad, flooding has been reported near Trujillo.

Schools Closed

Government Ministers have been sent out to assess flood damage in affected areas, including in Callao region, as well as Lima and parts of the north.

The President of Peru called on citizens to be cautious and not taking risks like crossing flooded roads or weakened bridges.

Schools have been closed in several regions affected by the heavy rainfall, according to Peru’s Ministry of Education.

Areas where schools are suspended in Peru as a result of flooding and heavy rain. Image: Ministry of Education, Peru

Recent Rainfall

Figures below according to Peru’s meteorological agency, El Servicio Nacional de Meteorología e Hidrología del Perú (SENAMHI), for a 24 hour period.

14 March, 2017

  • Lambayeque, Jayanca – 94.8 mm
  • Cajamarca, Asunción – 55 mm
  • Lambayeque, Cayalti – 51.3 mm
  • Lima, Canta – 22.4 mm
  • Pasco, Pozuzo – 61.5 mm
  • Huánuco, Tingo María – 54.9 mm
  • Tumbes, Papayal – 52.2 mm
  • Amazonas, Chiriaco – 49.2 mm
  • Piura, Ayabaca – 45.8 mm

13 March, 2017

  • Piura, Chusis – 51.3 mm
  • Moquegua, Puquina – 32 mm
  • Lambayeque, Reque – 29.8 mm
  • Lambayeque, Oyotun – 51.4 mm
  • Piura, Huarmaca – 50.4 mm

Rivers

According to a report of 16 March by Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia Nacional (COEN), at least 10 rivers remained on alert throughout the country.

In Lima Region there were 8 rivers on alert: Chancay-Huaral (yellow level alert), Rímac and Cañete (orange level), Santa Eulalia, Mala, Huaura, Lurín and Chancay (red level).

Although still on orange alert, flows of the Rímac river at Chosica, Lima, appeared to easing. On 16 March SENAMHI recorded a flow of 88.12 m3 / s, down from the previous day’s measurement of 92.62 m3 / s.

Elsewhere, the Virú and La Leche rivers were on yellow alert and the Jequetepeque and Tumbes orange level alert.

Levels of the Rimac River. Image: SENAMHI

Floods and Heavy Rain Since December – Over Half Million Affected

Peru’s civil defence agency INDECI reported (pdf) yesterday that 62 people have lost their lives as a result of the heavy rain, flooding and landslides since December 2016. At least twenty regions have been affected.

  • 72,115 displaced
  • 567,551 affected
  • 62 dead
  • 170 injured
  • 12 missing
  • 9,018 homes destroyed
  • 8257 homes damaged (uninhabitable)
  • 110,094 homes affected
  • 1,231 km main roads destroyed
  • 132 bridges destroyed

Social Media

https://twitter.com/Agencia_Andina/status/842430419995901954

Flood summary

Last updated: March 17, 2017
Event
Peru, March 2017
Date
March 13, 2017
Type
Landslide, River flood
Cause
Long-term rainfall

Locations

A - Lima
B - Piuria
C - Trujillo
D - Lambayeque
E - Mala
F - Chilca
G - Cañete
H - Callao

Magnitude

River level
Overflowing
Rimac river, Lima - March 14 to March 14, 2017
River level
Overflowing
Huaycoloro river, Lima - March 14 to March 14, 2017
River level
Overflowing
Huaicos river, Lima - March 14 to March 14, 2017
River level
Overflowing
Supe river, Ambar District, Lima - March 14 to March 14, 2017
River level
Overflowing
Piura River, Piura - March 7, 2017
estimated date

Damages

Evacuated
13,000
Piura - March 7, 2017
Fatalities
18 people
March 14 to March 14, 2017
According to Reuters, a bus travelling through a mudslide in the northeastern Peruvian region of Ancash, located 537 km (333 miles) to the north-east of Lima, fell in a ravine, resulting in the death of 18

2 thoughts on “Peru – Thousands Affected by Floods and Landslides Across the Country

  1. Isabel Gamarra

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    Please help us! Hay muchos lugares a donde aún no llega ayuda. El desastre es de tal magnitud que el gobierno no se da abasto.

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