More rain to plague Peru as death toll rises amid worst flooding in decades

By Eric Leister, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
March 24, 2017, 7:16:26 AM EDT


Rounds of heavy rain and thunderstorms have caused deadly flooding across Peru, and additional downpours are expected in the coming weeks.

The flooding is the worst to impact Peru in two decades, according to the Associated Press.

The latest report by the National Emergency Operations Centre (COEN) reports deaths from flooding at more than 80 since the beginning of December.

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A group of people, stranded in flood waters, hold onto a rope as they wade through flood waters to safety in Lima, Peru, Friday, March 17, 2017. Intense rains and mudslides over the past three days have wrought havoc around the Andean nation and caught residents in Lima, a desert city of 10 million where it almost never rains, by surprise. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)


The report also indicated that more than 650,000 citizens have been affected with more than 145,000 properties damaged.

Local media report significant damage to at least 400 hospitals, according to European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations, creating a dangerous situation for those injured during the recent historic flooding.

While the heaviest rain has not fallen in the capital of Lima, impacts from swollen rivers in the area have caused flooding and travel disruption around the city, according to Reuters.

The flooding has also impacted the water supply in the city after treatment systems became clogged.

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A group of people, stranded in flood waters, hold onto a rope as they walk to safety in Lima, Peru, Friday, March 17, 2017. Intense rains and mudslides over the past three days have wrought havoc around the Andean nation and caught residents in Lima, a desert city of 10 million where it almost never rains, by surprise. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)


Flooding and mudslides have been reported in 24 out of 25 regions in Peru, according to Humanity Road.

Widespread damage to roads and railways have slowed aid to the hardest-hit areas. Many of these same areas have little or no communication available due to power outages caused by the extreme weather.

"Piura, along the northern coast of Peru, has been inundated with 631 mm (nearly 25 inches) of rain since the start of the year," AccuWeather Meteorologist Jim Andrews said.

A total of 55 mm (2.17 inches) fell alone in the 24 hours ending on Wednesday morning.

"Piura averages less than 75 mm (3 inches) each year," Andrews said.

A warming of the ocean waters off the coast of Peru may be linked to the unusually heavy rainfall over recent weeks.

Current analysis shows water temperatures as much as 4-5 C (7-9 F) above normal along much of Peru’s coastline, and this is unlikely to change for at least several weeks.

This abnormal ocean warmth could lead to additional rounds of flooding through April before more tranquil weather associated with Peru’s dry season begins to take hold in May and June.

In the short-term, showers and thunderstorms will continue daily through at least the weekend.

Related:
Peru Weather Center
Detailed Lima weather forecast
Interactive Peru Weather Satellite

With rivers already swollen, any heavy rainfall will quickly result in flooding problems, especially in central and northern Peru.

While the heaviest rain will continue to fall in the foothills and Andes, runoff will lead to dangerous river currents and flooding all the way to the coast, including Lima.

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