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Continuous Heavy Rains Cause Floods, Landslides in Peru


PDC Disaster Alert, centered on Peru, displaying PDC Active Hazards and Rainfall Accumulation (1 day) layers.

Continuous heavy rainfall has caused floods across Peru. On March 15, an estimated 35,000 people have been affected by floods in the district of Laredo. It is reported that Laredo is completely flooded as streams and several gorges have overflowed. Additionally, 34 districts in Lima and 7 provinces in Huancavelica were “in a state of emergency” due to the floods. The floods have damaged roads and crops, and caused landslides that have isolated several communities (PAHO). An estimated 1,000 police officers were deployed to Lima to help with recovery efforts (Redhum).

On March 13, heavy rainfall and flooding caused the collapse of sewage infrastructure in Piura, destroyed 200 hectares of crops in La Libertad, and isolated an estimated 3,000 people when a bridge collapsed in Lambayeque.

On March 10, an estimated 450 families were isolated without water or sewage services in Santiago de Chuco, and transportation routes were blocked in Arequipa and La Libertad.

On March 6, a landslide caused two fatalities in the district of Parcoy, and the streets in city the of Paita were flooded by 10 hours of continuous rainfall.

On March 2, floods and landslides were reported in the Lambayeque region.

On February 28, floods affected nearly 350 families in the city of Moyobamba (PAHO).

The heavy rainfall is forecast to continue, this time for central and southeastern Peru, over the next 72 hours (SENAMHI).

This Week in Hazards

  • A late winter storm affected the northeastern United States and eastern Canada. Five fatalities were reported in Quebec, Canada, after 2 feet or more of snow and 75 mph winds hit the province. Many schools and roads were closed as conditions lead to many vehicular incidents. The storm also prompted the grounding of more than a hundred flights in Ontario (Reuters). In the United States, four fatalities were reported due to the storm. Additionally, 7,000 flights, some Amtrak services, and many schools have been canceled or closed (CNN).
  • Tropical Cyclone Enawo hit Madagascar on March 7 as a Category 4 Hurricane (PDC). As of March 12, the country’s National Office for Management of Risks and Crises (BNGRC) has reported 295,950 people were affected by Enawo, 50 of which are fatalities, 20 missing, 195 injured, and 84,660 are still displaced (BNGRC/UN via ReliefWeb).

Current Hazard Warnings.

Floods: Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana (Eastern Region), South Africa (Northeastern Region), Namibia (Eastern Region), Afghanistan, Pakistan (Northwestern Region), Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, United States (Washington, Oregon, Idaho), Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia

Winter Storm: Canada (Newfoundland and Labrador, Nunavut)

Avalanche: Canada (British Columbia)

Drought: Sri Lanka, Somalia, Kenya, Madagascar, United States (Southern Region)

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