On February 5, SENAMHI (Peru's national weather service) warned of moderate to heavy rainfall in parts of Peru, particularly in the middle to upper areas of the highlands. Five days later, SENAMHI was the first to admit that it did not expect the levels of rainfall as seen in some parts of the country.
Arequipa has seen the most extensive damage, with flash floods (known as huaicos in Peru) tearing parts of the city to pieces and leaving five dead and thousands homeless. The cost of the damage has been estimated at 270 million nuevo soles. You can see the extent of the damage in a series of photos by Yvonne Leiva on the El Comercio website.
Torrential rainfall also struck the Ica and Cusco regions of Peru, leaving 775 families homeless in parts of Nazca and 75 homeless in the Ollantaytambo province. Low-lying areas of Pucallpa, capital of the Ucayali region, were also left flooded.
Parts of Peru continue to receive moderate to heavy rainfall. If you are currently traveling in Peru, particularly in or near affected areas, check the latest local news for details regarding transportation delays and other potential problems.