Peru – Rainfall Warnings for South and Central Areas – 1 Dead After Floods in San Martín Region

INDECI, the National Institute of Civil Defence in Peru report that heavy rain and flooding in province El Dorado, San Martín Region has left 1 person dead and two people injured. The rains and flooding severely damaged or destroyed 35 houses.

The affected areas are the districts of San Jose de Sisa, where 34 homes have been affected, and Agua Blanca, where 1 home has been hit. INDECI say that 150 people have been affected in total. The affected families have found temporary accommodation with either friends or relatives. The injured were transferred to the Regional Hospital of San Martín, and were later discharged. INDECI are carrying out further damage assessments.

The provinces of Mariscal Caceres, Picota, Huallaga, Rioja, Moyobamba, Bellavista and San Martín in San Martín region suffered flooding after several rivers overflowed in early December 2015.

Severe Rainfall Warnings

The country is bracing itself for further heavy rainfall.

Servicio Nacional de Meteorologia e Hidrologia (SENAMHI) have issued yellow (level 2) and orange (level 3) warnings for heavy rain across eastern, central and southern parts of the country between 01 and 04 February 2016. Eleven regions in total could be affected, including San Martin, but also Apurimac, Ayacucho, Cusco, Huánuco, Junin, Loreto, Madre de Dios, Pasco, Puno and Ucayali.

SENAMHI say that in southern areas rainfall could be as high as 120 mm in 24 hours.

Rainfall warnings in Peru. Image: SENAMHI
Rainfall warnings in Peru. Image: SENAMHI

Tingo Maria in Huánuco region recorded 110 mm of rain in 24 hours between 30 and 31 January 2016. Wide areas of neighbouring Bolivia have seen high levels of rainfall over the last 3 days.