Peru will be one of the countries most affected by the phenomenon of El Niño Global
Peru has been experiencing the impacts of the coastal El Niño phenomenon and the situation is expected to worsen in the coming months with the arrival of the Global El Niño phenomenon. To mitigate the damage that it could generate, the Executive has been proposing alternatives to deal with the emergency.
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One of the first measures adopted by the Executive was the declaration of a state of emergency in various districts of the provinces of various regional governments of the country, due to the imminent danger of the intense rainfall caused by El Niño Global. The Minister of Economy and Finance, Álex Contreras considered that our country will be one of the hardest hit by this climatic event.
In this sense, he announced that an additional budget will be allocated for prevention actions in different sectors such as housing, transportation, defense and agriculture. “There is a group of specific tasks where we are preparing a package, and it should come out in these days (…) There is an additional budget that we estimate between 2,000 and 3,000 million soles more that we are going to allocate to strengthen the response capacity,” he said in interview with TV Peru.
The director of the Cañete-Fortaleza Water Administrative Authority of the National Water Authority (ANA), Alonzo Zapata, warned that the effects of El Niño Global could be greater compared to the disasters caused by the passage of Cyclone Yaku in the first months of 2023 in different parts of the country.
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“Its impact is expected to be greater than the Yaku because the Yaku has the characteristic of impacting in the middle part of the basin, where more population is concentrated and the reaction time is shorter. Now, with El Niño Global, the affectation will be more in the center and north of the country, that is, it covers a greater territory, ”he said in an interview with Agencia Andina.
Flooded streets in Piura due to the effects of Cyclone Yaku (Twitter)
In the case of Metropolitan Lima, he said that it is expected that in Chosica, San Bartolo, Punta Negra, Chaclacayo, San Juan de Lurigancho, Carabayllo and Cieneguilla, emergency situations will be repeated due to the increase in the flow of the Rímac and Chillón rivers that originated overflows and floods, this because projections indicate that vulnerability in the Peruvian capital has doubled. “Ten years ago there was not as much urban pressure as now. At this moment there is a double pressure on the river beds and the marginal strips. That raises concern,” he added.
It may interest you: The Global El Niño Phenomenon is already underway in Peru and a more critical scenario is expected in the coming months Districts of Metropolitan Lima declared a state of emergency for 60 days:
North Lima: Ancón, Carabayllo, Comas, Los Olivos, San Martín de Porres and Santa Rosa
South Lima: Lurín, Pachacámac, Pucusana, Punta Hermosa, Punta Negra, San Bartolo, San Juan de Miraflores and Villa María del Triunfo
East Lima: Ate, Chaclacayo, Cieneguilla, El Agustino, Lurigancho and San Juan de Lurigancho
The population of Chaclacayo faced a landslide at kilometer 24 of the Central Highway, which paralyzed the movement of people and vehicles in the area.
In the north of the country, in Cajamarca, the thermal impact is expected to cause damage to crops, according to the regional office of the National Meteorology and Hydrology Service (Senamhi). In order to prevent damage, the National Civil Defense Institute (Indeci) has been holding workshops to train local government authorities to improve response capacity to potential emergencies and reduce risks.
The Ministry of Housing, Construction and Sanitation has carried out a mapping of the critical points of rivers, streams, drains, blind basins and roads and has been working in coordination with regional governments. “The mapping has been distributed and we have determined that both the ministries in charge and the regional and local governments will intervene in the areas already identified,” said the head of the sector, Hania Pérez de Cuellar.