Chile – Evacuations After Rivers Overflow in Arica

On 30 January 2019 the Chile Ministry of the Interior and Public Safety (ONEMI) reported heavy rain in Arica y Parinacota Region on the border with Peru. Heavy rain had previously affected areas of southern Peru, where 15 people died when a hotel collapsed.

In Chile, an overflow of the Acha, Lluta and San Jose rivers affected several families and homes in Arica. Around 25,000 people were left without electricity. ONEMI said that, as of 01 February, one person was missing, 20 families have been evacuated and 151 people were staying in shelters.

One of the worst affected areas was Campamento Coraceros along the Panamericana Norte route just outside Arica and close to the San Jose River. Various roads, including routes from Arica to Sora and Chapisca, have been cut.

Flooding has cut roads in Arica, Chile, January 2019. Photo: Government of Arica

Meanwhile central areas of the country have been experiencing record high temperatures of more than 40°C, according to Meteo Chile.

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Flood Summary

Last updated: March 5, 2019
Event
Southern Peru and Northern Chile, January to February 2019
Date
January 26 to February 19, 2019
Type
Flash flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall
Heavy rain from 26 January caused a hotel building to collapse in Abancay province, Apurímac Region, and also flooding in Grau Province, damaging homes and farms. Indeci reported on 30 January that flooding had also damaged 120 houses in the Municipality of Tacna, Tacna Department.

On 30 January 2019 the Chile Ministry of the Interior and Public Safety (ONEMI) reported heavy rain in Arica y Parinacota Region on the border with Peru. An overflow of the Acha, Lluta and San Jose rivers affected several families and homes. Around 25,000 people were left without electricity. ONEMI said that, as of 01 February, one person was missing, 20 families evacuated and 151 people were staying in shelters.

Heavy rain from around 06 February also affected parts of Tarapacá and Antofagasta Regions. By 15 February, ONEMI reported that 6 people had died, 346 homes had been destroyed and 427 homes severely damaged. Over one thousand people have been displaced, with 340 staying in relief shelters.

Locations

A - Tamburco (Peru)
B - Turpay (Peru)
C - Tacna, Peru (Peru)
D - Arica, Chile (Chile)
E - Campamento Coraceros (Chile)
F - Camarones (Chile)
G - Putre (Chile)
H - Alto Hospicio (Chile)
I - Iquique (Chile)
J - Camiña (Chile)
K - Pozo Almonte (Chile)
L - Calama (Chile)
M - San Pedro de Atacam (Chile)
N - Matucana - Rainfall level 71.8 mm in 24 hours
O - Carampoma - Rainfall level 86.1 mm in 24 hours
P - Putre - Rainfall level 30.3 mm in 24 hours
Q - Puerto Maldonado, Peru - Rainfall level 63.1 mm in 24 hours
R - Putre, Chile - Rainfall level 25.1 mm in 24 hours
S - Visviri, Chile - Rainfall level 23 mm in 24 hours
T - Putre - Rainfall level 36.1 mm in 24 hours
U - Putre - Rainfall level 25.1 mm in 24 hours
V - Putre - Rainfall level 24 mm in 24 hours
W - Visviri - Rainfall level 20.9 mm in 24 hours

Magnitude

Rainfall level
71.8 mm in 24 hours
Matucana - January 28 to January 29, 2019
SENHAMI figures
Rainfall level
86.1 mm in 24 hours
Carampoma - January 28 to January 29, 2019
SENHAMI figures
Rainfall level
30.3 mm in 24 hours
Putre - January 29 to January 30, 2019
Ogimet figures
Rainfall level
63.1 mm in 24 hours
Puerto Maldonado, Peru - January 30 to January 31, 2019
WMO figures
Rainfall level
25.1 mm in 24 hours
Putre, Chile - January 31 to February 1, 2019
Ogimet figures
Rainfall level
23 mm in 24 hours
Visviri, Chile - January 30 to January 31, 2019
Ogimet figures
Rainfall level
36.1 mm in 24 hours
Putre - January 30 to January 31, 2019
Ogimet figures
Rainfall level
25.1 mm in 24 hours
Putre - January 31 to February 1, 2019
Ogimet figures
Rainfall level
24 mm in 24 hours
Putre - February 1 to February 2, 2019
Rainfall level
20.9 mm in 24 hours
Visviri - February 7 to February 8, 2019
Ogimet figures

Damages

Fatalities
15 people
Tamburco, Peru - January 26 to January 30, 2019
Buildings destroyed
3 buildings
Turpay, Peru - January 26 to January 30, 2019
3 families made homeless. 35 buildings also damaged, affecting 35 families (around 200 people).
Buildings damaged
120 buildings
Tacna, Peru - January 29 to January 30, 2019
Evacuated
150 people
Arica, Chile - January 30 to February 1, 2019