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Monitoring Emergencies: Peru - 02/09/2017: Heavy rains cause water contamination and lack of potable water for San Martin de Porres residents

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The collapse of a drainage system in San Martin de Porres and Puente Piedra has resulted in flooded water contaminated with sewage and no potable water for residents in 28 degree Celsius temperatures. The most affected are the residents of the San Diego area, located near the Chillón River where a water pipe burst on February 5, 2017. The Municipality of San Martín de Porres carried out fumigations in San Diego yesterday to prevent diseases. In Arequipa, 60 houses are a risk for collapsing due to the heavy rains and recurring landslides, as are 5,000 houses in the main areas of La Libertad. On February 08, 2017, a health emergency was declared for the departments of Lambayeque, Piura, and Tumbes for 90 days due to the risk of increased cases of disease. The declaration indicates that the rains of “very strong” magnitude will continue to affect the northern coast due to the presence of a slight El Niño phenomenon (M: PERU 21; PERU21; PERU21)