LIMA – The death toll rose to 97 and the numbers of those affected came to 198,220 in Peru due to the deadly floods, according to a statement released on Thursday by the National Emergency Operation Center (COEN).
COEN reported about 895,489 people were affected nationwide by torrential rains, landslides, hailstorms, thunderstorms and snowfall caused by the climatic phenomenon El Niño.
The Piura River overflowed on Monday the region of Piura, located about 1,000 kilometers north of Lima, marking it as one of the most devastated areas, with 25,266 people and 56,411 houses affected by the deadly flood.
As of March 30, heavy rain continued to fall in Piura. Peruvian authorities therefore warned their citizens of another possible overflow of the rivers Piura and Chira.
More than 25 tons of humanitarian aid was sent on board of an Air Force plane to Piura so that they would later be distributed to the affected people in shelters.
Another severely affected region was La Libertad, where landslides struck its capital city, Trujillo, last week, and at least 90 cases of dengue fever were reported, according to the Ministry of Health.
Rain is forecast for the Tumbes and Lambayeque regions on the north coast, the Cajamarca region in the northern sierra, and Huanuco jungle in the center of the country.