HEAVY RAINS: The number of people affected by floods in Bolivia and Peru continues to increase. It has also been reported affected people in Argentina and Ecuador.
SEISMIC ACTIVITY: A 4.5 degree earthquake (Richter) occurred on 28 February in Cabanaconde, Peru. It was reported that 30 houses are damaged, 40 people affected and one road with restricted access.
WILD FIRE: A red alert is active in 7 municipalities in Chile. In Argentina authorities declared state of emergency at Chubut area.
Province of Madre de Dios was declared "state of emergency" for 60 days in three districts of the jungle region which is affected by floods generated by the rivers Tahuamanu, Acre, Yaverija, Madre de Dios and its tributaries. (os.: PCM.GOB.PE); (m.: TERRA).
Province of Quispicanchi, Department of Cusco, in 7 localities of the department of Cusco precipitations of hail affecting 15 families, cultures and animals are recorded. (os.: INDECI).
LIMA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Ertharin Cousin, will make an official visit to Peru on 26 February 2015 for high-level meetings on strengthening cooperation and technical exchanges on food security and nutrition.
Heavy rainfall over the last few weeks caused floods and landslides in several areas of Peru.
According to the Peru’s National Civil Defense Institute (INDECI), as of 12 February, approx. 820 families were affected by floods in the southern province of Arequipa. In the meantime, the number of people affected by the recent rain and floods in the northern region of Loreto has risen to nearly 17 700, most of them in the province of Alto Amazonas, while in the region of San Martin to nearly 12 200.
HEAVY RAIN: More than 31,000 people are affected by heavy rains in Peru. A red alert is active for rivers in the Peruvian jungle.
VOLCANIC ACTIVITY: An orange alert is active after strong explosions were registered from the Fuego Volcano in Guatemala. One hundred people were evacuated and air operations at the International Airport were suspended.
30ENE15; District of Anco Huallo in the Prov. of Chincheros-Apurímac; Uripa, Miraflores, and Totorabamba, affecting 80 families, 80 dwellings, 205 hectares of agriculture and 1510 animals (200 missing) ( Fo: INDECI)
31ENE15: Generated by heavy rains that affected the districts of Cabanaconde and Maca, province of Caylloma-Arequipa. Affecting 100ms of road. (fo. INDECI)
Peru - Severe Weather - UPDATE (INDECI, Media)
- After heavy rains caused mudslides and severe flooding, Peru has declared a state of emergency in part of the Amazon rainforest, San Martin region.
- The heavy rains flooded entire communities destroying homes, schools and health centres. More than 3 000 families have been affected, thousands have been left homeless.
- According to the National Institute of Civil Defense (INDECI), 69 houses collapsed and 70 hectares of crops in Pachiza district were destroyed.
Loreto Department, constant rains increase the flow of the Huallaga river, causing the flooding of agriculture areas in the localities of Achuai Tipishca, Vista Alegre and San Manuel, district of Lagunas, in the Alto Amazonas province. (os. : INDECI).
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.