South America: Heavy Rains and Floods Situation Report N° 3 (As of 12 April 2017)

OCHA ROLAC produces this report in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the period of 19 March to 12 April 2017. The next summary report should be published around 19 April 2017.

Main Points

Rains are lessening in intensity although forecasted to continue over parts of South America for the next few days.

  • In Peru, The United Nations and the Government launched a Flash Appeal for US$38.8 million to address the needs of 320,000 people. The appeal will finance 88 response projects to be implemented by 25 agencies.

  • The UNDAC mission has been extended until 14 April to continue supporting response efforts.

  • In Colombia, the number people displaced by flooding continues to rise. At least 24 people have died and 1,310 people are displaced. More than 3,000 families are displaced and many are with host families or living in damaged homes. Registration of families and assessments are still ongoing and one of the priority needs identified is potable water, as services are still not restored.

  • In Ecuador, 22 provinces have reported emergencies.

1,141,091 People affected in Peru

182,370 People affected in Ecuador and Colombia

15,000 people directly affected in Colombia

400 People dead in Colombia and Peru

Situation Overview


The number of people reported as affected continues to grow, with 980,450 affected throughout the country (30 percent in Pirua) and 160,641 as severely affected (19 per cent in Piura). More than 6,500 houses have been destroyed and are uninhabitable.

Air bridges remain open. To date the Peruvian armed forces have transported some 29,000 people and INDECI reports that as of 7 April, more than 6,234 metric tons of humanitarian aid have been distributed in emergency areas.

Rains will forecasted to continue in the north of the country, especially Tumbes and north-central Piura, but with less intensity. The department of Piura remains under a State of Emergency.
The Ministry of Economy and Finance estimates that first quarter growth for 2017 will be 2 per cent, with its lowest point in March, due to negative impact on agriculture. It is hoped that the reconstruction process will boost the economy and the Fiscal Stimulus Plan has approved 5.5 million Soles (USD 4 million) for economic recovery and 170 million (USD1.75 billion) for emergency relief.


Of the 22 provinces with ongoing emergencies in the last 30 days, the provinces of Guayas and Manabí are the worst hit. Throughout the country there are 122,370 people are affected and 193 families are living in 38 temporary shelters. Access is limited in some areas as 11 bridges are destroyed and around 100km of roads are affected.

More than 160 houses have been destroyed and an additional 27,000 homes and 78 schools are damaged.


As of 5 April, the Government reports 306 people dead, 332 injured, and 3,088 families registered as displaced, although the registration process is still ongoing. On 4 April a MIRA assessment mission was carried out and the results identified that one of the priority needs is WASH as potable water has still not been restored. Other needs identified include shelter, food security and nutrition, health and protection.

There is particular concern for families who have opted to stay with friends or relatives, or who have remained in their houses that may partially destroyed and at risk. There are reports of overcrowding in the host houses. Many families in these situations, as well as families in rural areas, have not yet received assistance and are unaware of mechanisms to access aid.

Electricity has been restored in Mocoa through generators although some 60,000 people in rural areas are still without service. Classes have not resumed in seven damaged schools, which is affecting the education of 12,500 children.

Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay y Uruguay

Argentina, Bolivia, Paraguay and Uruguay are also responding to emergencies caused by the heavy rains.

Flooding on the Argentine-Paraguay border has displaced thousands of people on both sides of the border.

Paraguayan authorities have mobilized some 13 tons of humanitarian aid to the area. In Argentina, more than 90,000 people are affected by the floods and authorities have sent food aid to the area. In northern Uruguay, about 830 people have evacuated from flooded areas and three main roads are closed. In Bolivia, the accumulation of rain since December has killed 20 people and affected about 75,000.

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