Floodings in Peru

Friday the 17th of March 2017.

flooding-peru-el-niñoSince past weekend the south coast of Ecuador and the north of Peru are suffering from heavy rainfall. This continues rainfall from the past few days caused rivers to rise out of their riverbed, bridges to collapse, towns to be flooded and roads to be either washed away or covered by landslides…
Slowly this rainfall is moving more to the south, causing mayor problems in Tumbes, Piura, Chiclayo, Trujillo and even Lima and Arequipa. But not only the coastal area of Peru has problems, heavy rainfall, snow and hail is also causing problems in the province of Puno (Lake Titicaca) and even in Cusco and Machu Picchu…

The unusual amount of rainfall is caused by a phenomenon called “El Niño Costero”, a small variation of the commonly known “El Niño”. The difference is that during the El Niño phenomenon the whole surface of the Pacific Ocean between South East Asia, Australia and South America raises in temperature, while with El Niño Costero it is only the water temperature at the coast of Ecuador and Peru which raises too high. At this time of the year the coastal water temperature should be between 24 to 25 degrees C, but the actual temperature is 29 degrees and there are no signs yet that it will go down soon…
This higher water temperature provokes more wind and rain and according to the last prognostics this might hold on to the beginning of April.

Of course we don’t want to tell people that they shouldn’t travel to Peru, because this will hurt their economy even more, but we do want to warn you to be prepared when you travel within Peru.
Try to read newspapers, including El Comercio; listen to the news and to travelers who just came from the direction where you would like to go. This will give you a good impression of what’s to expect ahead of you, but still the weather and nature will always be unpredictable. Therefore I would also like to recommend the following precautions:
-    Make sure that you have enough to drink with you in the bus. Most busses in Peru provide food and drinks, but with weather conditions like described above it isn’t uncommon that your ride will take a few hours longer than expected because of landslides on the road.
-    Bring some snacks/ something to eat with you
-    Keep some warm clothes with you in the passenger compartment, just in case you will have to wait a few hours in the bus and they will turn the heating off to safe fuel. Your main luggage will be unreachable underneath in the storage department of the bus…
-    Have some extra cash Soles (the local currency) with you, just in case you need to stay and eat somewhere in the middle of nowhere.
-    If you have a small first aid kit, keep it in your hand luggage, just in case.

Most important recommendation of all, try to stay calm when something unexpected does happen. Keep in mind that for you this heavy rainfall is mostly just inconvenient, while several unfortunate Peruvians lost their houses, land animals and even family members…



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