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Flooding in Parts of Peru

By February 9, 2012

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Heavy rainfall has resulted in extensive flooding in various regions of Peru.

Ica, already trying to recover from the earthquake of January 30, has been placed under a 60-day state of emergency due to flooding and rising river levels.

In the department of Arequipa, intense rainfall has interrupted traffic along the southern Pan-American Highway.

Flood alerts have also been issued in the central jungle region of Peru. The Huallaga River continues to rise, threatening towns such as Tingo Maria, Tocache and Picota. In the central highlands, particularly in the department of Junín, flooding has affected hundreds of families over the last few days.

Floods have also struck the north coast of Peru. The Reque River has burst its banks, flooding approximately 150 hectares of agricultural land near Chiclayo.

If you are currently in Peru, check the latest conditions before traveling to or through the affected areas. No city or region is currently off-limits for travelers, but you may experience some delays if traveling overland.

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