Only a few weeks ago a state of emergency was declared in 18 Peruvian regions due to a severe drought caused by months without any rain; losses especially for farmers were significant, in some areas water was rationed and the water pressure in Lima reduced. Now torrential rainfalls in large parts of the country are the reason for another crisis.
Since last weekend heavy rainfalls and for the summer season low temperatures in central and southern Peru including the coastal regions put authorities on alert once again. The extreme weather conditions resulted in mud and landslides, streets becoming torrential rivers flooding and destroying everything in the way; 6 people in Peru already lost their life, thousands of houses fell victim to the water and mud masses and damages to crops and infrastructure are severe.
And the bad news: Senamhi, the Peruvian meteorological institute, forecasts more rain, severe thunderstorms and even snow in the highlands until at least Thursday, while stating that the overall bad weather conditions might last another few weeks.
The east of Lima suffered already badly last Sunday when the intense rains caused flash floods. Today more water, mud and landslides damaged several houses and blocked among others the Carretera Central, the main artery to reach the Peruvian inland. In Santa Eulalia, Chosica and Chaclacayo schools were closed.
In some regions of Apurímac, Arequipa, Ayacucho, Cusco, Huancavelica, Ica, Lima, Madre de Dios, Moquegua, Puno and Tacna a state of emergency was declared.