Peru - Severe weather (INDECI, REDLAC, Media, NASA, WMO)
Heavy rains affected several areas of Peru during the last week. Approx. 60 mm of rain in 24 hours were observed in Puerto Maldonado (south-eastern Peru) over 26-27 January.
In the region of San Martin (central-northern Peru), the heavy rains caused Huallaga and Huayabamba rivers to overflow, affecting more than 2 800 families and destroying at least 230 houses (as of 28 January. At least 537 families have been affected by floods also in the region of Loreto, northern Peru (as of 28 January).
Cajamarca Department. Intense Rains generated overflow of the Amoju River, leaving 25 families affected in the District and Province of Jaén. (os.: INDECI).
Hail Storm, Santa Rosa de Tistes, Department of Junín, Precipitations of hail is affecting 288 people, 48 homes, 330 agricultural areas.(os.: INDECI)
Volcanic Activity: Ubinas, has increase its activity in the last weeks leaving 1,974 families affected; 355 families seriously affected; 908 agricultural Hectares affected and 136,754 affected animals.(os.: INDECI)
The beginning of the new year is a great opportunity to share progress on studies recently started by CIAT to generate new knowledge on the synergy between agriculture and ecosystem services in upland Ucayali (Peru). This part of the Amazon region has been showing increasing and alarming rates of deforestation. The landscape has been significantly modified by logging and land use change during the past twenty years: especially along the main highway and its ancillaries, cocoa and pasture have replaced large parts of the original forest.
Peru - Severe Weather (INDECI, WMO)
Heavy rain affected central Peru over the first two weeks of January, with 89mm of rain recorded in Tingo Maria, Huanuco department, over 12-13 January.
Landslides due to heavy rainfall have been triggered in Huanuco and Lima departments over 6-9 January. INDECI reports two people dead and three missing in Mariano Dámaso Beraún district, Huanuco, while 15 houses have been destroyed in San Vicente de Cañete and Lunahuaná districts, Lima, as of 12 January.
Snowfall is affecting roads and other means of communication in the Vinchos District (Huamanga–Ayacucho Province), in addition in the localities of Ingahuasi and Llillinta, district of Pilpichaca, (Huaytará-Huancavelica Province). There is an increase of Reports of children under 5 being being affected by Acute Respiratory Infections; in addition the snowfall is affecting animals and crops. (o.s.: INDECI).
INTENSE RAINS: In the last weeks of 2014 rains affected several countries in South America. Regions in the departments of Huanuco in Peru, La Paz in Bolivia and the province of Misiones in Argentina were affected by a strong storm.
FOREST FIRES: 11 departments in Colombia are on alert for forest fires. There have been 80 emergencies so far.
MIGRANTS: about 50,000 children were deported from the United States and Mexico in 2014, mostly from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
Department of San Martín: Floods (Update). After the overflow of the river Shemacache on 4 December, last reports of damages indicates 345 afflicted, 28 affected people and 2 deaths. 98 destroyed houses and 9 affected, 2 educational infrastructures and 2 public sites, 1 destroyed, 2 healthcare centers affected. Departmental response. (o.s.:INDECI.)
Department of San Martin: Floods. This morning, following heavy rainfall, the Simacache river overflowed, affecting homes in the town of Nuevo Chimbote, Pachiza District, Province of Mariscal Cáceres. 350 people have been affected, 2 died, and 50 houses collapsed, according to the latest damage assessment. Departmental response. (o.s.: INDECI).
Update 5.1 Earthquake. The Council of Ministers declared a state of emergency for the Paruro district, in Paruro province, department of Cusco, for a period of 60 calendar days to implement immediate and necessary measures to respond to the emergency and the rehabilitation of affected areas. Several national organizations continue to conduct assessments and provide support to the victims. (o.s.: INDECI, El Peruano).
Based on its experience and leadership in emergency situations in the areas of food security, logistics and telecommunications, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) established as one of its priorities to strengthen the government’s capacities to respond to natural disasters in Peru.
WFP organized a mission to assess the current emergency telecommunications infrastructure and capacity of the National Institute of Civil Defense (INDECI) and their partners nationwide: the Operations Centers of Regional Emergency (COER) and the Ministry of Health (MINSA).
The Government of Peru, through the Ministry of Disaster Risk Management of the Council of Ministers Presidency and representatives from the National Center for Risk Prevention and Disaster Risk Reduction (CENEPRED); from the National Institute of Civil Defense (INDECI) and the National Center for Strategic Planning (CEPLAN), introduced on September 18th, 2014 the National Plan for Disaster Risk Management – PLANAGERD 2014-2021, which aims to reduce the vulnerability of the population and their livelihood against risk of disasters.
EARTHQUAKE: Eight people are reported dead, 4 injured and nearly 600 people affected as a result of the 5.1 magnitude earthquake in Peru.
Local and national authorities have initiated the cleanup operations and assistance to the affected families.
HURRICANE SEASON: Tropical storm Rachel weakens but still causes some moderate rains in the coastal area of Baja California Sur.
09/28/2014 16:20 GMT
LIMA, September 28, 2014 (AFP) - At least eight people died, including four children, and half a dozen were injured in a 4.9-magnitude earthquake that shook a rural Andean region in Peru, police said Sunday.
The victims were all from the community of Mica, where 90 percent of the town's rustic homes collapsed when the quake struck the southeastern Cusco region Saturday night.
Summary: On 12 September 2013, 294,967 Swiss francs were allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Peruvian Red Cross (PRC) in delivering assistance to 5,000 beneficiaries.
What can a team of 20 volunteers, all doctors or nurses, accomplish in five days with 10 Physician Travel Packs provided by HPIC?
“Over 1,900 patients were triaged,” reported Dr. Duncan Miller in his report to HPIC. “Of these, 1,608 were assessed in the general medicine clinic; 506 were seen by a dentist and 767 patients were treated in optometry. All of these patients were prescribed medication and/or vitamins.”
Department of Lima. Province of Huaral. District of Ihuari. High winds damage 86 homes, a health center, and a school. Provincial response and delivery of humanitarian assistance. (o.s.: INDECI)
Ancash department. Santa Rosa district. Landslides affect potable water intake systems and roads; no victims and no damage to homes. Local response: Emergency declaration, provisional catchment of spring water. (o.s.: INDECI; m.: Andina).
Health care experts, including specialists, technicians and hospital directors, have joined IOM Peru and the Peruvian Ministry of Health to share their experience during a three-day workshop ending today in Lima. The meeting was aimed at building the capacity of frontline health care providers treating victims of human trafficking.
$25 million loan will help implement reforms to improve disaster response capability
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $25 million loan to support Peru’s efforts to reduce its vulnerability to disasters and to improve its ability to respond to them.