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.
— Geól. Sergio Almazán (@chematierra) March 17, 2017
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.
— MINDEF_PERU (@MindefPeru) March 14, 2017
— INDECI (@indeciperu) March 16, 2017
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.
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
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.
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
— INDECI (@indeciperu) March 16, 2017
B - Piuria
C - Trujillo
D - Lambayeque
E - Mala
F - Chilca
G - Cañete
H - Callao
Rimac river, Lima - March 14 to March 14, 2017
Huaycoloro river, Lima - March 14 to March 14, 2017
Huaicos river, Lima - March 14 to March 14, 2017
Supe river, Ambar District, Lima - March 14 to March 14, 2017
Piura River, Piura - March 7, 2017
Piura - March 7, 2017
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