Heavy Rains, Landslides Damage Infrastructure in Peru
As of January 16, thousands across Peru have been affected by severe weather conditions. Intense rains, huaycos (a regional term for a specific type of flash flood event), landslides, floods, hailstorms, thunderstorms, and snow have been reported in 18 of the country’s 24 regions (INDECI, INDECI-Twitter, Andina).
According to reports, heavy rainfall in the Ica region triggered to landslides that damaged infrastructure, health centers, and houses, as well as affected 50% of the drinking water in the towns of San Ignacio and La Isla (PAHO).
RVA Country Profile: Peru
This Week in Hazards
- Drought conditions continue to impact parts of East Africa, where many parts of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania are experiencing persistent moisture deficits and degraded ground conditions. Madagascar has also seen several consecutive weeks of poor rainfall, further exacerbating dryness and drought conditions in the island’s eastern and northern regions (CPC).
- Severe weather conditions at the start of the week led to flooding in the Santa Fe province of Argentina (PAHO). According to reports, an estimated 800 people suffered “total losses of property” in Arroyo Seco, the town most affected by the flooding (Télam). As of January 17, more than 200 people remained in a community shelter. Response activities are underway (Govt. of Santa Fe).
Current Hazard Warnings
Winter Storm: Canada (Newfoundland, Labrador), United States (Alaska, Western region)
Avalanche: Canada (British Columbia), United States (Washington, Idaho, Montana)
Flood: Australia (Queensland, Western Australia), Thailand, Malaysia, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Peru, Argentina, United States (Iowa, Illinois)
High Surf: United States (Hawaii)
Drought: Madagascar, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Sri Lanka, United States (California, Southern region)
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