Deadly flash floods engulf Jaén, Cajamarca in Peru

After heavy rainfall, real rivers formed in the streets of the city of Jaén in the Cajamarca region of Peru.

According to Peru’s National Institute of Civil Defense (INDECI), one person died as a result of the flooding in the city. In addition, 1 house was completely destroyed, 4 became uninhabitable and 15 others were damaged. At least 30 people were displaced from their homes and were staying with relatives or neighbors, according to INDECI. Another 90 people were affected by the flooding.

In addition to homes, two public buildings and the General de Jaén hospital were damaged, as well as roads and water infrastructure. The supply of drinking water was partially suspended.

Severe bad weather, including torrential rains, hail and strong winds, have hit other parts of the region since mid-October. On Oct. 31, Cundinamarca Governor Nicholas Garcia declared a state of disaster throughout the department. He said 100 of the region’s 116 municipalities were affected, with damage to homes, roads and crops. According to the governor, at least 2,982 families were affected.

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