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Heavy rains in Peru kill at least 59, leave 12,000 homeless



Peru’s Civil Defense Agency reports that rains in the country have killed 59 people and affected more than 12,000 since September.

at least 59 dead, over 12,000 homeless Peru’s rainy season has ended since September due to flooding and river flooding, it was reported this Sunday civil defense.

Flooding with strong winds affecting some areas Peru They increased in the last 72 hours, affecting coastal urban and rural areas of Ancash, La Libertad, Lambayeque, Piura and Tumbes on the border with Ecuador.

“From the beginning of the rainy season (September) to March 12 12,200 homeless, 59 dead, 57 injured, 8 missing.” At a press conference, Carlos Yáñez, director of the National Institute of Civil Defense (Indeci), said:

There are two children among those who died.

Authorities also reported 1,326 homes destroyed and 3,173 homes rendered uninhabitable, confirming the damage recorded in the country since the start of the rainy season.

“There is nothing to save here, everything is covered in mud,” a homeless resident of the Esperanza district in the La Libertad region (north) told N TV channel.

The level of seasonal precipitation surged due to the presence of “Unorganized Cyclone” Off the coast of Peru in Pacific waters, officials said.

According to the Bureau of Civil Defense, “Cyclone Yaku is a very unusual phenomenon, causing heavy rains in the north.”

“Cyclone Yak, located in front of the Lambayeque and La Libertad regions, is causing increased humidity in the north of the country and heavy rainfall in the north and central regions,” Yáñez explained.


The displacement of a cyclone located about 500 kilometers from the coast of Peru is weather service Peru’s Senafumi province has issued a heavy rain warning in Lima, where rainfall is rare.

President Dina Boluarte reported that “400 districts of the country have declared a state of emergency due to the effects of Cyclone Yak.”

The president announced the cancellation of school classes scheduled for Monday in the regions of Tumbes, Piura, Lambayeque, La Libertad, Ancash, Lima, Callao and Ica due to rain effects and heavy rain forecasts on the north coast. . Central Coast in the next few days.

Senahmi reveals that this is not the first time an unorganized cyclone has occurred. “Not a tropical cyclone” appears off the coast of Peru.

The presence of this type of cyclone is associated with the El Niño climate phenomenon. “Peru already had cyclones with El Niño in 1982 and 1983, and a cyclone in 2017, and this time it’s even bigger.” declared meteorologist Raquel Loayza on RPP radio on Friday.

“This cyclone is weakening as the water cools and approaches the coast,” he added.

El Niño is a climatic phenomenon that causes overheating of the waters of the Pacific Ocean in South America. Peru and Ecuador Mainly rains and floods.

In view of the imminence of the event, authorities have declared a state of emergency for surveillance systems in anticipation of avalanches and other disasters.

Source: Biobiochile

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