Flood Emergency in San Martin (January 30, 2015)

The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens traveling or living in Peru that the government of Peru has declared a state of emergency in the department of San Martin for the next 60 days. This is due to inordinate seasonal rainfall which is causing floods, particularly from the Huallaga River and its tributaries, as well as damage to houses and roads.

San Martin is located in the northern part of Peru. Specific districts cited in the declaration are: Papaplaya, Chazuta, El Porvenir, Juan Guerra, Shapaja and Alberto Leveau in the province of San Martín; San Cristóbal de Puerto Rico and San Hilarión in the province of Picota; Juanjuí and Pachiza in province of Mariscal Cáceres; Bellavista and San Rafael in the province of Bellavista.

U.S. citizens traveling in Peru are advised to avoid these areas if possible. Travel is likely to be delayed and may be hazardous due to poor road conditions and the possibility of severe flooding, landslides or other natural disasters associated with the heavy rains. Travel to popular tourist destinations in Peru, such as Machu Picchu, which is in the southern part of the country, has not been affected.

You can stay in touch and get Embassy updates by checking the Embassy Lima website or by following the Facebook page for American Citizen Services in Lima. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, by calling the regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

U.S. citizens are encouraged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll directly at the nearest U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate. By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the embassy/consulates to contact them in case of emergency.  Stay up to date by bookmarking our Bureau of Consular Affairs website, which contains the current Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts as well as the Worldwide Caution.

For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please contact the American Citizens Services (ACS) Unit of the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section, located in Monterrico, a suburb of Lima, at Avenida La Encalada, Block Seventeen; telephone 51-1-618-2000 during business hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) or for after-hours emergencies; website. The Consular Section is open for emergency services, including registration, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. weekdays, excluding U.S. and Peruvian holidays. Non-emergency services are provided by appointment only.

For information on “What the Department of State Can and Can’t Do in a Crisis,” please visit the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ Emergencies and Crisis link at https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/emergencies/crisis-support.html