Deadly floods and landslides hit Huanuco and San Martin, Peru

Deadly floods and landslides hit Huanuco and San Martin, Peru

Heavy rain since December 6, 2019, has led to landslides and severe flooding that affected portions of Huanuco and San Martin regions in Peru. Reports confirmed total and partial damages to homes, schools, roads, and bridges, as well as dozens of fatalities.

In the Huanuco region, floods hit the district of Yuyapichis, Puerto Inca Province, following the swelling of Pachitea River's banks. This caused damage to 50 residential properties.

Flooding was also reported in the district of Huacaybamba after a downpour on December 10, affecting a health center, schools, and around 100 people.

Further heavy rainfall struck several parts of Maranon Province from December 12. Roughly 50 homes were inundated in the district of San Buenaventura.

In the district of Cholon, the Camote River broke its banks, destroying a bridge and flooding 50 houses.

Public establishments sustained damages in the district of Santa Rosa de Alto Yanajanca after the Sallasta River overflowed.

Meanwhile, in the San Martin region, a heavy downpour was reported on Thursday morning, December 12, which triggered the swelling of Chontayacu River in the district of Uchiza, province of Tocache. Aside from flood-stricken homes and roads, a bridge was also hit badly.

According to the local media reports, dozens of people were killed and injured. Rescue operations were launched to evacuate residents and save trapped persons.

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