Floods hit northern Peru

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

by
    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


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    From Zimbabwe to England: A story of war, home and identity

    The country I saw as home, my parents saw as oppressors

    What happens when you reject the identity your parents fought for and embrace that of those they fought against?

    Becoming Ocean: When you and the world are drowning

    Becoming Ocean: When you and the world are drowning

    One woman shares the story of her life with polycystic kidney disease and sees parallels with the plight of the planet.

    The evening death came for me: My journey with PTSD

    The evening death came for me: My journey with PTSD

    On a gorgeous Florida evening, a truck crashed into me. As I lay in intensive care, I learned who had been driving it.