T he Regional Health Department of Ancash through the Environmental Health Department confirmed the presence of very disturbing noises in the centre of Huaraz. According to Ysabel Jaramillo Visitation, a member of the Ecology and Environmental Protection Department of the Environmental Health Department, the monitoring was carried out in commercial areas that are characterized by very intense traffic of private and public vehicles, mainly around the main avenue Luzuriaga.
Jaramillo Visitation furthermore explained that the obtained results were compared with Municipal Ordinance No. 018-2004-GPH and Municipal Ordinance No. 022-2003-MPH. The findings were classified as “annoying noise pollution”. The Municipal Ordinances indicate that that the noise pollution should be below 80 decibels, however, according to WHO (World Health Organization), the human ear can tolerate 55 decibels (dB) noise without affecting our health.
Exposure to sounds of 60 dB can cause headache, tachycardia, rapid breathing, impaired sleep quality, permanent and irreversible hearing loss. During an earlier monitoring in 2016, it became clear that in most places in Huaraz, the average monthly noise exceeds 85 dB, and at several central locations in Huaraz it even reaches up to 146 dB. Noisiest part of the city is without any doubt the main street Luzuriaga.