- Peru: Floods and Landslides - Feb 2017
- 2016–17 South America floods
- Devastating photos of the El Nino-driven flooding that has killed more than 70 people in Peru
- How can Peru prepare to withstand more devastating floods and landslides?
Peru: Floods and Landslides - Feb 2017
As of 6 February, heavy rains, landslides (huaycos) and rivers overflowing have OCHA: North Coast of Peru Flash Appeal (April) - Cover preview OCHA: .2017 the
From December and continuing until May , much of western and central South America was plagued by persistent heavy rain events. The flooding was preceded by drought-like conditions throughout the region for much of and a strong warming of sea temperatures off the coast of Peru. In Ecuador, at least 16 people were killed by floods or landslides. Most impacted were the regions of Tumbes , Piura , and Lambayeque where a state of emergency was declared on February 3, During these occurrences, monsoon -like rains can fall in usually bone-dry ecosystems causing mudslides locally known as huaycos. Trujillo experienced severe localized flooding in its ravines and Huarmey was badly flooded. Further south, in Chile, unusually heavy rains affected areas around Santiago starting in February
The workshop will focus on multidisciplinary research for improved prediction and mitigation of the impacts of huaycos in Peru, which are rapid, destructive flash floods. There is need to improve capability to prepare for these extreme hydrological events, particularly from a multidisciplinary perspective to include response and recovery. These impacts represent a significant obstacle to economic development, critically impact social welfare and human health, and disproportionally affect the most vulnerable in Peru. The immediate benefits of the workshop will be improved capacity within Peru for huayco preparedness prediction of huayco hazard and impacts, early warning systems and for effective management of huayco risk and recovery, through interdisciplinary approaches that increase engagement of different stakeholders including affected communities. This will be achieved through knowledge exchange between UK-based and Peruvian Early Career Researchers, across disciplines including physical and social science, engineering and risk management, with the support of experienced mentors. For more information, please contact Jeremy Phillips.
Nieto, who has been leading recovery efforts and deploying armed forces across the country, said cities and towns lacked basic flood defences, and that the odd rivers which flow from the Andes to the Pacific would need to channelled, particularly in urban areas. As Peru lurches between drought and floods, reservoirs should also be installed in the mountains, Nieto said, so that rainwater can be stored in the water-stressed country. More than 25 landslides, carrying tree trunks, dead livestock and rubble from destroyed homes clogged water treatment plants on the Rimac river, forcing the waterboard, Sedapal, to suspend the intake and treatment of water for five days. Around 1 million Peruvians in Lima lack access to running water. Climate change will mean extreme weather is more frequent. The United Nations has also warned that Peru must invest in multi-hazard warning systems and ensure its citizens better understand the risks of such disasters. This includes better understanding of the impacts of climate change and how it alters local weather patterns.
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A state of emergency was declared for Loreto's provincial municipality of Alto Amazonas on 15 January due to heavy rains and landslides. On 16 January, the Civil Defense Region Office for Arequipa reported the rain had affected 2, people and had damaged 1, houses. The Regional Platform of the Civil Defense declared a permanent alert. PAHO, 17 Jan As of 6 February, heavy rains, landslides huaycos and rivers overflowing have affected more than 70, people across Peru.
2016–17 South America floods
The disaster — which came after a period of severe drought — has been blamed on abnormally high temperatures in the Pacific Ocean, and fuelled criticism that the country is ill-prepared for the growing challenges of climate change. Over the past three days, the downpour has burst river banks, created mudslides, collapsed bridges, closed roads and forced school suspensions in swaths of the west and north of the country., A dog stands among the debris of a destroyed home in Huachipa, Lima, Peru, March 19,
Devastating photos of the El Nino-driven flooding that has killed more than 70 people in Peru
The word huayco also known as huaico is of Peruvian origin. Specifically, it originates from the Quechuan word wayqu which means "depth" or "valley. A flash flood refers to speedy flooding of areas with low altitudes such as rivers, dry lakes, basins, and washes. Flash floods may sometimes occur as a result of other reasons aside from heavy rain. These flash floods, as they start from the tops of mountains, are usually accompanied by rocks and boulders, trees and other forms of vegetation, and silt and mud from the mountain.
How can Peru prepare to withstand more devastating floods and landslides?