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Affected countries: Peru
A state of emergency was declared for Loreto's provincial municipality of Alto Amazonas on 15 January due to heavy rains and landslides. On 16 January, the Civil Defense Region Office for Arequipa reported the rain had affected 2,645 people and had damaged 1,122 houses. The Regional Platform of…
On 24 January 2017, The National Liaison Centre for the International Health Regulations of Brazil (RSI,) which is an extension of WHO, provided updated information to PAHO/WHO on the country's yellow fever situation; the information that was provided showed that the geographic distribution of…
Affected countries: Peru
On 14 August, a 5.4 earthquake shook department of Arequipa, killing four people. Some 1,564 families are affected, 1,074 houses are inhabitable and 383 houses have collapsed. National and regional authorities are assisting affected people. The Government declared a 60-day state of emergency for…
Since November 2015, severe weather brought on by El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO,) including heavy rains, floods, flash floods and landslides significantly hit South America. In Venezuela, due to rains in July 2016, 153 homes were affected in the State of Miranda, of which 56 were in…
According to official contingency planning documents for El Niño 2015-2016, Bolivia's Civil Defense reported that 100,000 households (approx. 500,000 people) may be affected by excess rainfall and/or drought in 109 municipalities of the country (OCHA, 13 Oct 2015). As of 21 December 2015, a…
Affected countries: Peru
Since May 2015 to date, a meteorological phenomenon causing low temperatures, heavy snowfall and frost has affected the Andean regions located above 3,500 metres above sea level; temperatures have dropped below 0°C, and there have been snowstorms and hail. In some places, temperatures reached…
Between 2-4 May 2015, an unusual phenomenon produced waves two meters above sea level that left behind dozens of victims, evacuees and damage to infrastructure on the Pacific Ocean side of Latin America. The El Salvadoran coast was among the hardest hit, with damage across the entire coastal line…
Affected countries: Peru
Beginning in September 2014, floods, heavy rains, hail and landslides affected several parts of Peru including Arequipa, Loreto, Cusco, Amazonas, and San Martin. As of the beginning of February 2015, various districts of the forest areas were under a state of emergency as a result of weeks of…
Affected countries: Peru
The Ubinas volcano in southern Peru started showing activity in September 2013 with explosions and ash emissions. On 14 Apr 2014, a state of emergency was declared for a duration of 60 days, after ash had reached an area of 40km around the volcano, affecting the health and livelihoods of nearby…
Affected countries: Chile, Ecuador, Peru
On 1 Apr 2014, a 8.2-magnitude earthquake occurred in the shallow depths near the Chilean coast, 95 km Northwest of Iquique. It was the largest in a sequence of earthquakes in northern Chile that started on 1 Jan 2014. A tsunami alert was issued for Chile, Peru and Ecuador, and later extended to…
Affected countries: Peru
Starting on 24 Aug 2013, heavy snow occurred in several regions of Peru, mainly in Puno, Cusco, Apurimac, Huancavelica and the Ayacucho highlands. In other regions like Arequipa and Ucayali strong winds occurred while prolonged heavy rains affected the region of Junín. It was the most intense…
Affected countries: Peru
The 2012-13 rainy season affected over 180,000 people in Peru, with Loreto, Arequipa, Cusco, Ancash, Huancavelica and Huanuco regions bearing the brunt. An estimated 3,561 houses were destroyed or damaged, and 1,601 schools were damaged. Close to 30 metric tons of food were distributed among the…
Affected countries: Peru
Starting in June 2012, the Peruvian Andes were affected by extreme cold weather, mostly in the departments of Puno, Cusco, Arequipa, Ayacucho, Apurimac, Huancavelica and Junin, where temperatures below freezing were registered (OCHA, 11 Jun 2012). On 22 Jun, the Government activated the National…
Affected countries: Peru
The La Niña phenomenon caused an increase in precipitation levels during the 2011/2012 rainy season in Peru, starting in November 2011. Floods, landslides and mudslides affected 18 of the 24 departments of the country. The National Administration declared a state of emergency on 29 Mar 2012 and…
Affected countries: Peru
Since May 2011, more than 13,400 people have been affected by freezing temperatures in several provinces in the Andes. The agricultural sector was also impacted, with more than 4,500 heads of cattle affected (SINPAD, 25 May 2011, Informe de emergencia No. 121). Appeals & Funding Financial…
Affected countries: Peru
The Government declared a 60 day State of Emergency for five provinces in the Department of ICA affected by floods. This declaration facilitates actions aimed at reducing and minimizing existing risks and responding to affected populations. Rains caused rivers to overflow in the departments of…
Affected countries: Peru
On July 23rd, 2010, the government of Peru issued a declaration of emergency in 16 regions of the country due the low temperatures that severely affected the health of the population, especially children and elderly persons. The 71 per cent of the total affected by pneumonia were under the age of…
Affected countries: Peru
During the month of May 2010 up to 10 earthquakes were registered around the country. The strongest of, them were felt in Bagua Grande, Tacna and in Huanca Sancos. No deaths were reported. (El Comercio Perú, 24 May 2010)
Affected countries: Peru
From the beginning of 2010 until mid March, heavy rains caused floods and mudslides in several areas of the Peruvian highlands (11 Departments), particularly Ayacucho, Apurimac, Cusco, Huancavelica and Puno departments Over 190,000 people were affected, mainly in Cusco and Puno In the Regions of…
As of 8 March 2010, the countries of the Region reported a total of 146,006 cases of dengue, out of which 2,706 were severe dengue. A total of 79 deaths have been reported, with a Regional fatality rate of 2.9%. (PAHO, 8 Mar 2010) At the beginning of 2011, several countries in South America were…