Peru – 2 Dead After Rivers Flood in Pasco and Puno Departments

Further flooding has been reported in Peru, this time in the departments of Pasco and Puno, where at least 2 people have lost their lives.

The Mayro river broke its banks in Palcazu District, Oxapampa Province in Pasco on 07 January 2020, causing flooding in the towns of Puerto Mayro, San Cristobal, and Rio Negro. According to Peru’s National Emergency Operations Center (COEN), 81 families and a health center were affected. Around 60 people were displaced after 12 homes were completely destroyed. Flooding also damaged crops in the area.

Meanwhile in the south of the country, flooding has affected 77 families in San Gaban District, Carabaya Province, Puno Department. COEN said the flooding was a result of heavy rain which caused the Quellomayo, Loromayo and Chaquimayo rivers to break their banks on 07 January. Flooding blocked roads, interrupted drinking water supply and damaged crops. COEN reported that 2 people died in the floods.

Hundreds of families were affected by flooding in Huanuco Department from early January this year after heavy rain caused the Pachitea river to break its banks.