AMERICA/PERU - El Niño causes torrential rains and overflowing of rivers, damage to the population and crops

Friday, 11 March 2016 natural catastrophe  

Esteban David

Lima (Agenzia Fides) - The floods registered in the northern regions of Piura and Tumbes, on the border between Peru and Ecuador, have affected about 500 families and damaged 5,800 hectares of crops. Heavy rains and the overflowing of the Tumbes River, a result of El Niño, have also caused the closure of schools. A report of the National Institute for Civil Defense (Indeci) shows that the river has quadrupled its normal level, causing the flooding of homes, fields and roads in seven districts of the region.
In other parts of the Country, such as the Amazon region of Madre de Dios, in the southeast of Peru, hundreds of homes, made with very precarious material, were destroyed in the capital Puerto Maldonado after 4 days of continuous rainfall. In these areas of the Country the rains are normal this time of year, however, since the month of December there has been a drought that experts have considered a result of the irregularity of the climate caused by El Niño and only in the last two weeks there have been torrential rains. (AP) (Agenzia Fides 11/03/2016)