A ccording to an official report delivered by the Regional Government of Ancash and the Center of Emergency Operations (COER) Ancash, 28 people have died so far due to mudslides and heavy rain caused by the coastal weather phenomenon El Niño. The mayor of the province of the Santa, Victoria Espinoza García, reported that 58,000 people have been affected by the mudslides, rain and floods. According to a Civil Defense report, at least 4,500 homes have been destroyed and 15,000 houses are affected.
As a consequence of the adverse weather phenomenon, 856 educational institutions in the Ancash region did not start their school year and the suspension of classes will last until the 31st of March. The biggest damage in Ancash occurred on the coast where the city of Huarmey got totally flooded and thousands of hectares of crop got totally destroyed. Additionally many bridges and roads got destroyed by the floods. The President of Peru, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, will arrive in Huarmey later today to offer aid to the population, likewise he will supervise the work carried out by the Armed Forces.
The heavy rainfall is expected to last for at least two more weeks. The National Service of Meteorology and Hydrology of Peru has warned authorities of the 20 provinces of the Ancash region to expect heavy rainfall the forthcoming days.