Peru – thousands of homes hit by flooding in northern regions

Peru – thousands of homes hit by flooding in northern regions
Heavy rain has caused severe flooding in parts of northern Peru over the past few days.

ANDINA news agency reported that about 3,000 homes were flooded after a short period of heavy rain that caused flooding in the city of Yurimaguas, the capital of the province of Alto Amazonas in the Loreto region. In the 24 hours before March 20, about 160 mm of precipitation was recorded in the city. Most of that amount fell in 3 hours, according to media reports. Some areas of the city were found to be below 2 meters of water as a result of flooding, which affected 7 areas of the city, in particular around the Yurimaguas airport.

Heavy rain has also triggered flooding in parts of the San Martin region in recent days. The country’s disaster relief authorities reported damage or destruction to about 20 homes in the province of Rioja, resulting in more than 30 people being evacuated between March 16-21, 2021. Meanwhile, about 400 people have been affected by floods in Moyobamba province since March 21.

On 17 March, in the Amazon region, heavy rain triggered a landslide in Bagua Grande, Utkubamba province, which damaged 7 houses and injured 28 people. Meanwhile, 10 houses were damaged by a landslide in the Korosha district, Bongara province, causing 6 people to flee their homes.

On 18 March, heavy rain caused a landslide in the Camporredondo area, Luya province. Five houses remained uninhabitable and five families were displaced.

In the Cajamarca region, heavy rain caused a landslide in the Quirinos area of ​​San Ignacio province on March 16, 2021, which damaged 20 houses. On the same day, 5 houses, roads and infrastructure were damaged by a landslide in the Jorge Chavez area, Selendin province.

On March 21, heavy rains overflowed the Chilik Canal, flooding 15 houses in the Jaén district, Jaén province, and injuring about 45 people.

Also on 21 March, heavy rain caused an overflow of the Monson River and a landslide in the Monson area, Huamalies province, which affected about 10 people.

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