State of national emergency declared in Tumbes, Piura, and Lambayeque, Peru

State of National Emergency declared in Tumbes, Piura, and Lambayeque, Peru

Heavy rains affecting Peru since January 2023 have led to 12 deaths, 134 000 affected people, and 19 000 severely affected or homeless individuals.

Heavy rains have severely impacted Peru since January 2023, causing significant damage and loss of life. According to the National Institute of Civil Defense of Peru (INDECI), the torrential rains have resulted in 12 deaths, 134 000 affected people, and 19 000 individuals who are severely affected or left homeless.

The government has declared a state of national emergency “level 5” for the departments of Tumbes, Piura, and Lambayeque, which enables the mobilization of national resources and, if necessary, the support of international aid. This decision comes as the impact of the heavy rains continues to be felt across the country.

Among the affected are 11 000 people who have sought refuge in 104 shelters mapped by humanitarian actors.

In addition, 48 000 houses have been damaged, with 7 000 of them suffering severe damage. The rains have also taken a toll on the country’s healthcare infrastructure, with 152 health centers affected and 26 either out of service or destroyed.

To date, INDECI has delivered 647.15 tons of humanitarian aid goods for people affected by heavy rains and floods in various regions of the country.


1 Peru – Heavy rains, floods and landslides, update – DG ECHO – March 29, 2023

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