Friday, March 24, 2023

Rainfall in Lima: these are the areas at risk of flooding and overflowing due to rain

Anxiety The Rímac, Lurín and Chillon rivers rose due to the rain. Photo: Felix Contreras/La República

Given the possible rains that can be described in Metropolitan Lima due to the humidity caused by Cyclone Yaku, the population remains focused and the Government has decided to declare a state of emergency in various parts of Lima and the Constitutional Province of Callao. For its part, the National Center for Disaster Prevention (Cenepred) has identified which areas are at high risk of flooding, landslides and collapses, when rainfall is expected to reach five millimeters.

In communication with La República, the architect Alfredo Zambrano, Cenepredis deputy director of Information Management, mentioned that it is important to “see the location of the places rather than the infrastructure of the houses and the construction material, that is, where these houses are located”. “”It is known that almost the regions of Lurigancho-Chosica, Carabayllo, Ate and adjacent to the right and left of the river Rímac are vulnerable,” he added.

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“Certainly, if it rains with the intensity that the National Meteorology and Hydrology Service of Peru (Senamhi) has announced, the floods of the Chosica region, the rivers in those areas, will become active. It is likely,’ he warned.

According to Zambrano, this dangerous situation is compounded by the growth of the rivers Rímac and Chillon along their entire length, although especially in the lower part, which involves the areas of Metropolitan Lima.

“There are already points identified by the National Water Authority (ANA) that have the probability of overflowing. With the rains, as that Senamhi predicts, these rivers will definitely flood”, Cenepred’s spokesperson pointed out.

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Which regions are at risk of floods, landslides and disturbances, according to Cenepred?

According to the latest risk scenario due to the rainy season from March 12 to 16, published on its website, Cenepred has identified four regions with a high risk of flooding, landslides and mudslides. These are:

  • carabayllo
  • Chaclacayo
  • Cienguilla
  • Jurigancho-Chosica
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