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The 2014 rainy season, like those of previous years, is bringing destruction and death to various parts of Peru, especially the southern Andes and the eastern Amazon.
In mid-January, the Civil Defense reported three bridges damaged, 300 hectares of crops affected, and more than 20 houses damaged by the rains in Andahuaylas [en], Apurimac, asking for a state of emergency to be declared in this area. By the end of that month, the National Service for Meteorology and Hydrology (Senamhi) warned that 16 regions of the country may be affected by the increasing rains in upcoming days.
Deslizamiento por lluvias bloquea tramo de carretera Ayacucho-Apurímac: Un tramo de la carretera Ayacucho-Apur… http://t.co/8gZHKmlNTV
— Justo Medio (@justomedio) January 12, 2014
A landslide, caused by rain, blocks a stretch of roadway between Ayacucho and Apurímac.
lluvias causan estragos en Andahuaylas – Apurímac https://t.co/EUCPAQuyRX
— Apu_Rimak (@Apu_Rimak) January 15, 2014
Rains wreak havoc on the Andahuaylas-Apurímac roadway.
On February 2, the government declared a state of emergency in the Madre de Dios Region [en] upon receiving a report from the Civil Defense. The communication reported 2,800 people affected, 560 homes destroyed and 1,270 damaged, 15 kilometers of roadway destroyed, and two bridges and 782 hectares of crops damaged by the rains and flooding from rivers.
— Redacción Perú21 (@Peru21pe) January 29, 2014
Rains leave more than 6,000 people affected.
Los ríos Beni, Madre de Dios y Acre suben su nivel, hay preocupación en Pando, siguen las lluvias
— Roberto Carlos Hurta (@RoCaHu) February 5, 2014
Water levels rise in the Beni, Madre de Dios, and Acre rivers; residents of Pando are concerned; the rains continue.
Days later, a state of emergency was also declared in four areas in the Huancavelica Region [en]. Declaration of a state of emergency was also requested for parts of Pasco [en], and help was delivered to victims in the district of San Pedro de Putinapunco, Sandia, in Puno [en].
— Diario La República (@larepublica_pe) January 25, 2014
Huancavelica: The government declares a state of emergency in various districts in the region.
— Disasters Charter (@DisastersChart) February 12, 2014
— Hugo Supo (@hijodepuno) February 6, 2014
Sandia requests a declaration of a state of emergency for rains in Puno.
On January 30, it was reported that in the districts of Paucartambo and Colquepata, the rains and hail had damaged more than 170 hectares of farmland, with losses of around half a million nuevos soles ($177,525 USD). Furthermore, the district of Ocobamba was left isolated by a landslide covering part of the roadway leading to the area.
— Diario La República (@larepublica_pe) February 10, 2014
Heavy rains leave 4,000 residents of the district of Yanatile without communication.
GESTANTES EN RIESGO DE LA ZONA DE PATRIA-PILCOPATA, YA SE ENCUENTRAN EN EL HOSPITAL REGIONAL CUSCO: http://t.co/JlWAcqYfFS via
— GRC (@grcusco) February 10, 2014
Pregnant women at risk in the Patria-Pilcopata area; they are now in the Cusco Regional Hospital.
Se registran intensas lluvias sobre la ciudad imperial del Cusco. Mayor información en breve.
— Jezu Sosa (@Jezu_Sosa) February 11, 2014
Heavy rains recorded in the Imperial City of Cusco. More information shortly.
On February 7, the mayor of Pilcopata, a district in Cusco, announced that due to landslides blocking the access road, 35 tourists coming from the Manú National Park [en], in Madre de Dios, were trapped in the area.
Later, on February 11, it was discovered that 51 Chilean tourists were stranded in the vicinity of Machu Picchu [en] because the rise of a river had destroyed a bridge. Later it was reported that the group, along with another group of tourists, was evacuated to Cusco by train.
— Tele13 (@T13) February 11, 2014
More than 50 Chilean tourists were stranded in Machu Picchu.
— Agencia Andina (@Agencia_Andina) February 12, 2014
Tourists stranded by the collapse of the Aobamba Bridge in Cusco are being transferred.
In the central jungle region, it was reported that the heavy rains led to the rise of the Rio Negro, which caused landslides to block roadways in various parts of Satipo [en], Junín, isolating up to 8 towns.
In Oxapampa, Pasco, two road workers died, buried by a landslide caused by the heavy rains. In the Ucayali region, the river of the same name was declared in red alert by the Senamhi due to high water levels.
Colapso de la carretera Villa Rica – La Merced a la altura de caserío Pampa Encantada 11/02/2014, fuertes lluvias por la Selva Central.
— Gaby Salas Rivera (@gabxita) February 12, 2014
Collapse of the roadway between Villa Rica and La Merced at the village of Pampa Encantada 2/11/14, heavy rain in the central jungle region.
En emergencia la selva de Pasco… a consecuencia de lluvias cayeron más de 40 huaycos – http://t.co/nWIS9Wvqw3
— william mauricio (@mauriperu) February 13, 2014
The jungle of Pasco in a state of emergency… more than 40 landslides caused by the rains.
Meanwhile, in the north of Peru, the region of Piura is suffering a severe drought that is affecting agriculture and livestock. And in the south, in Arequipa, forecasts of ice storms and hailstorms were announced for the upcoming days.