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Civil Defense warns that 444 districts of Peru are at risk due to heavy rains

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The National Institute of Civil Defense (Indeci) warned this Tuesday that 444 districts of Peru are at risk of being affected by landslides, huaicos (landslides) or other types of mass movements, according to the risk scenario prepared by the National Center of Disaster Risk Estimation, Prevention and Reduction (Cenepred).

The forecast was prepared after the latest weather warning from the National Meteorology and Hydrology Service (Senamhi), in which rains were announced in the mountains and coast of the country until next Thursday, and after the government declared a state of emergency in 100 districts of 17 departments.

According to Cenepred, the southern region of Ayacucho has 56 districts “at very high risk”, followed by 42 from Áncash, 29 from Huancavelica, 25 from Apurímac, 21 from Arequipa, 12 from Lima, 8 from Cuzco, 6 from Puno, 5 from Junín, 3 from Tacna, 1 from Huánuco, 1 from Moquegua and 1 from Pasco.

Another 234 districts of these departments, in addition to the southern district of Ica, are “at high risk” of being affected.

Given this situation, Indeci urged local and regional authorities to review evacuation routes, as well as the availability of health centers, fire companies and police stations in their jurisdictions in the event of an emergency.

He also recommended that the population protect and reinforce the roofs of their homes and establish an early warning system in coordination with local authorities.

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The government of Peru declared a state of emergency in 100 districts of 17 departments of the country due to the impact caused by the intense rains that have fallen since last week, which have generated overflows, avalanches and floods.

The districts are located in the departments of Amazonas, Áncash, Apurímac, Arequipa, Ayacucho, Cajamarca, Cuzco, Huancavelica, Huánuco, Ica, Junín, La Libertad, Lima, Loreto, Moquegua, Pasco and Puno.

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The decree, which was published in an extraordinary edition of the legal regulations bulletin, will be valid for 60 days and has been issued to allow the execution of immediate and necessary exceptional measures and actions in the face of the emergency, the regulation stated.

When announcing this Monday that the emergency was going to be issued, the president of the Council of Ministers, Alberto Otárola, stated that “it will serve to mitigate and collaborate with regional and local authorities to face the consequences that have arisen in the country” due to the strong rains.

In recent days, the rains and floods caused severe damage to homes, communication routes and the infrastructure of schools, health centers and drainage in the northern regions of Piura and Tumbes.

On Tuesday it was also reported that the Amazonian city of Iñapari, located in the Madre de Dios region and on the border with Brazil, has been completely flooded by water from the heavy rains and river overflows that have occurred for a week.

The Civil Defense entry warns that 444 districts of Peru are at risk due to heavy rains was first published in EL NACIONAL.

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