M oderate rains that have fallen in different provinces of the sierra of Ancash, have increased the flow of the Santa River up to 163 cubic meters per second. Until the end of December the flow of the Rio Santa was only 69 cubic meters per second, and then it rose to 119 cubic meters per second in the first weeks of January, but is now at 163 cubic meters per second, and it is expected that with the forecast of persistent rainfall it can reach up to 200 cubic meters per second in the next days. This information was confirmed by Germán Velasco, the head of the Decentralised Office of the National Institute of Civil Defense Peru (INDECI) in Ancash.
Although there is a considerable increase in the flow of the Santa River, Velasco said that it still does not reach the amount in which overflow warnings can be given. However, he said that his office is issuing constant recommendations to the local municipalities and district governments, so that they adopt measures of prevention. When the river starts to reach 500 cubic meters per second, just you can speak of a danger of overflow, but this is not the case at the moment he added.
On the impacts of the moderate rains that are falling in the mountains of Ancash, Germán Velasco expressed that they have greater presence in the towns of the Callejón de Huaylas, such as Huaraz, Recuay, Carhuaz, Caraz and Corongo. Regarding the landslides, he said that so far two have been reported: one on the road to the coast in Huallanca, and another one near Chuquicara.
The head of INDECI furthermore prognosticated that the rains will continue today and tomorrow, but on Wednesday it is expected that there will be no more rainfall in the Huaraz area.