Floods hit northern Peru

Heavy downpours around the western Amazon force hundreds of people from their homes as rivers burst their banks.

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    The flooding caused by torrential rains have affected more than 1,100 people and injured at least four [EPA]
    The flooding caused by torrential rains have affected more than 1,100 people and injured at least four [EPA]

    Torrential downpours have struck Peru's northern San Martin region, leading to widespread flooding. Hundreds of residents have been forced from their homes as several swollen rivers burst their banks.

    Peru's National Civil Defence Institute, INDECI, reported damage across five provinces in San Martin. Picota, Mariscal Caceres, Huallaga, Rioja and Moyobamba have all been badly affected.

    In Picota, the Huallaga River overflowed damaging nearly 200 homes in the process. Some roads and agricultural land have been destroyed, and basic water supplies have been cut off in places.

    Flood victims in Picota were seen wading through chest-deep water and it was a similar picture in Hualluga where the Saposoa and Serrano Rivers also overflowed.

    Agricultural Deputy Minister Jorge Montenegro visited the San Martin department to oversee preventative works taking place as they battle further flooding. He said he has warned the population here of the dangers of living next to the river banks.

    Montenegro was also keen to point out that this year’s strong El Nino may have contributed to the exceptionally wet weather. Further showers are expected across the region over the next few days.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


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