Severe flooding damages more than 3 000 homes in Peru

Severe flooding damages more than 3 000 homes in Peru

Severe flooding has been affecting several provinces of Peru since late March 2021, according to the National Institute of Civil Defence (INDECI). More than 3 000 homes have been damaged, while evacuations are advised as many rivers have exceeded the danger mark.

Since March 20, flooding has affected Yurimaguas, capital of Alto Amazonas Province. Local authorities reported damage to more than 3 000 homes as floodwaters rose up to 2.2 m (7.2 feet) in some areas.

National Meteorology and Hydrology Service (SENAMHI) warned that several rivers, including the Maranon, Amazon, Napo, and Ucayali, have been flowing above the danger mark.

Since then, the Huallaga River overflowed as well, flooding the areas of Santa Cruz on April 2. As a result, 248 homes have been affected, eight educational institutions, two bridges, and wide swaths of crops.

The river eventually flooded parts of Teniente Cesar Lopez Rojas on April 5 and Lagunas on April 10, resulting in damage to roads, homes, and crops.

In Requena Province, the Ucayali River overflowed, flooding several towns in the district of Mauia on April 10.

During the same day, the Morona River burst its banks, sending floodwaters to the surrounding areas in the district of Morona. Material and property damage were reported. 

INDECI added that around 90 people have been evacuated after flash flooding in Pajarillo, province o Mariscal Caceres. Flooding occurred after heavy rains caused a local stream to overflow.

On April 12, around 114 homes were damaged and 700 people were affected after the Amazon River overflowed, hitting the districts of Las Amasonas in Maynas Province.

Authorities have recommended residents living near the rivers prepare for evacuation and make sure that they bring emergency supplies.

Featured image credit: INDECI

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