Peru – Military Assist With Evacuations After Floods in Lambayeque

Flooding in the Lambayeque Department of Peru has damaged homes, crops and roads in recent days. The Peruvian Air Force used helicopters to rescue some victims left isolated by the flooding.

Military assist with evacuations after floods in Lambayeque Department, Peru, 09 March 2023. Photo: Mindef Peru

According to disaster authorities in the country, flooding occurred in Nueva Arica and Lagunas districts in Chiclayo province, Lambayeque Department, on 04 March 2023, affecting around 50 people and damaging 13 homes.

Flooding struck in the Motupe, Jayanca and Olmos districts of the province of Lambayeque, Lambayeque Department, on 07 March, displacing 17 people and affecting 134. Around 50 homes were damaged and 4 destroyed.

Flooding also affected areas of the Morrope district. Some areas were left isolated and a family had to be rescued by a helicopter team from the Peruvian Air Force.

The overflowing La Leche River caused flooding in the Pacora district on 07 March. According to initial damage assessments provided by local authorities, around 30 homes and a school were damaged, with 110 people affected. Around 80 hectares of crops have been destroyed.

Peru’s national meteorological service El Servicio Nacional de Meteorología e Hidrología del Perú (SENAMHI) has warned of continuing high levels along the La Leche River (Rio La Leche). As of 09 March, the river reached a level of 4.80 metres at the Puchaca hydrological station in the Incahuasi district. The danger level here is 3.70 metres.

SENAMHI has also recently warned of high levels of the Chancay Lambayeque river in the neighbouring department of Cajamarca. The river is already above the danger mark at Tongod and Cirato.

The swollen Chotano River has been causing flooding in the district of Cochabamba in Chota province since late February. Around five houses, a bridge and a stretch of road have been damaged and 25 people affected.

Levels of the Chancay Lambayeque river at Tongod, department of Cajamarca, Peru. Image: SENAMHI
Levels of the Chancay Lambayeque river at Cirato, department of Cajamarca, Peru. Image: SENAMHI
Levels of the La Leche river at Puchaca, department of Lambayeque, Peru. Image: SENAMHI