Heavy Rains, Floods, and Landslides Continue in Peru
As heavy rainfall continues in Peru, floods and landslides have affected hundreds of thousands. Concerns of mosquito-borne viruses prompt preventive actions.
On March 23, the Instituto Nacional de Defensa Civil del Perú (INDECI) and the Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia Nacional (COEN) reported that, since December 2016, an estimated 672,892 people were affected by the continuous heavy rainfall. Those affected include 85 fatalities, 111,283 injured, and 20 missing. An estimated 153,329 homes were also affected, including 13,072 collapsed and 14,014 left unhabitable. Public infrastructure affected includes 1,256 schools and 70 health establishments. Estimates of destroyed transportation infrastructure are currently at 2,192 kilometers of paved roads and 195 bridges. An estimated 11,802 hectares of agriculture have also been lost (INDECI).
Peru’s Direccion General de Salud Ambiental e Inocuidad Alimentaria (DIGESA) and Ministerio de Salud (MINSA) plans to fumigate homes to prevent the spread of Aedes Aegypti mosquito. Aedes Aegypti are known to spread viruses like dengue, Zika, and Chikungunya (CDC). An estimated 252,081 homes were sprayed and 261,000 homes had other larval control measures implemented in flood affected areas. In the northern region of Piura, fumigation is planned for 38,810 homes reaching an estimated 194,050 people (PAHO).
Heavy rainfall is forecast to intensify along the northern-coast of Peru and continue in western Peru until March 25 (SENAMHI).
This Week in Hazards
- Severe drought conditions in the Horn of Africa have left nearly 17 million people susceptible to food insecurity and water scarcity. The number of people requiring urgent food assistance is at an estimated 5.6 million in Ethiopia, 2.9 million in Kenya, and 2.2 million in Somalia (European Commission via ReliefWeb).
Current Hazard Warnings.
Floods: Afghanistan, Pakistan (Northwestern Region), Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, United States (Washington, Oregon), Peru
Winter Storm: Canada (Quebec, Nunavut)
Avalanche: Switzerland (Southeastern Region)
Drought: Sri Lanka, Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Madagascar, Angola, United States (Southern Region)
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