10,000 to be evacuated due to flooding in PeruStaff Writer | March 29, 2017
Some 10,000 people will be evacuated to shelters following severe flooding in northern Peru, state news agency Andina said.
Natural disaster A torrential downpour
The rains caused the Piura River to burst its banks, with 3,400 cubic meters of water per second coursing through, killing four people.
"The important thing now is to relocate more or less 10,000 people who are in Catacaos (a village near Piura) to a safe place," Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski said during an inspection of the area.
Piura's historic downtown district was also submerged under a meter and a half of water, forcing residents to head for higher ground.
The president said residents will probably have to remain at the shelters as long as a month, but added the river's waters had subsided in the past few hours to some 1,500 cubic meters per second.
"There are good signs for starting with the partial reconstruction (now) and later with the more permanent reconstruction," said Kuczynski.
Since December, Peru has been pummeled by torrential rains caused by the so-called Coastal El Nino phenomenon, sparked by unusually high sea temperatures.
Flooding and mudslides have claimed at least 90 lives and left more than 120,000 people homeless.
The natural disaster also led at least one fairly high official to lose her job.
Deputy Minister of Agriculture Eufrosina Santa Maria was fired after being photographed sunbathing poolside during office hours on March 17 as the country grappled with one of the country's worst natural disasters. ■