Heavy Rain in Peru Causes Landslides and Floods – at Least 8 Dead

The regions of Junin, Lima and Cajamarca in Peru have been hit by landslides over the last few days after periods heavy rain across the region. The heavy rain has also increased river levels. Rain is expected to continue along coastal regions until 28 March 2015.

Neighbouring Ecuador has recently experienced similar severe weather, resulting in floods and landslides which, as of yesterday 24 March 2015, have left at least 11 people dead. Landslides and floods have also occurred in Colombia over the last few days, affecting 100s and leaving 1 dead.

Landslides in Peru

ECHO report that a landslide occurred in the district of Lurigancho-Chosica, Lima region, on 23 March, killing eight people and injuring 25, while another six people were still missing and over 150 houses were destroyed, as of 24 March 2015. Another landslide occurred in Huarochiri province of Lima on the same day, injuring 30 people and destroying 110 houses.

In Cajamarca region, landslides have been occurring since 18 March, killing three people in Cutervo and destroying 22 houses in Cutervo and Chota provinces. The region of Junin has also been affected by landslides, although no casualties have been reported.

Increased River Levels

INDECI – Peru’s National Institute of Civil Defence – warned on 23 March 2015 that the heavy rain had increased levels of rivers, in particular the Rímac at Chosica, the Chillón at Obrajillo and the Chancay (Huaral) at Santo Domnigo.

As of yesterday, 24 March 2015, levels of the rivers Marañon, Ucayali, Napo and Huallaga were also all above normal.

Further Heavy Rain

INDECI have also issued a level 3 warning for further heavy rain in coastal areas until 28 March 2015. Affected departments include Ancash, Arequipa, Callao, Ica, La Libertad, Lambayeque, Lima, Moquegua, Piura, Tacna and Tumbes.

Floods in Peru, 2015

Peru has seen regular flooding and landslides caused by heavy rain since December 2014. Two people died after the Shemacache river overflowed in the Mariscal Cáceres province of the San Martin region in northern Peru in December after 140mm of rain fell in 24 hours .

In late January at least 3,000 people were displaced by floods in the same region after the Huallaga and Huayabamba rivers overflowed. Peru’s central government later declared a state of emergency for the area.

The state of Acre in Brazil, which borders parts of Peru, suffered from severe flooding during March 2015 after the Acre River overflowed.