Rivers Overflow in Áncash and Huánuco Regions, Peru

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Heavy rainfall over the last week has brought further flooding to parts of Peru.

On 28 February 2014, two rivers in the Huánuco region of Peru overflowed. The Huampal and Pozuzo burst their banks in the province of Puerta Inca, forcing over 30 families to leave their homes to find safer, higher ground.

Flooded road in Huánuco. Photo kathyas88 @ twitter
Flooded road in Huánuco. Photo kathyas88 @ twitter

Two days later, the river Tauli overflowed in the the district of Conchucos, province of Pallasca, Anchash region. Over 300 people were affected. Roads in the area are impassable and around 20 houses have been damaged, with at least five of them destroyed. Emergency accommodation has been set up for the displaced in a local school, the emergency Institution Virgen del Carmen. The regional government and Peru’s Civil Defence are providing food and aid. Work is also being carried out on the river in order to prevent further flooding.

More heavy rains and storms are expected over the next 2 days. The severe weather is most likely to affect areas further east in central Peru.

Floods and Drought

Perus has endured a period of weather extremes during the last few months, with some areas experiencing floods and others drought.

A state of emergency was declared in the Peru region of Madre de Dios after heavy rainfall on 27 January caused the Tambopata and Madre de Dios rivers to overflow.

Meanwhile, the far north western region of Tumbes, which lies on the border with Ecuador, is experiencing a drought severe enough to be putting livestock and crops at risk.

The district mayor, Rodrigo Astudillo Merino told local media that around 50% of the region’s famring is affected, with 70,000 livestock and over 300 hectares of crops are at risk.

It is a similar situation in the neighbouring region of Piura.


Sources: El Comercio