Update on Floods and Mudslides in Peru

The Government of Peru declared a state of emergency for the Carretera Central affecting various districts in multiple provinces within the country.  The state of emergency is due to unusually high seasonal rainfall that has triggered severe flooding, affecting roads and transportation in several provinces in Peru.  Travel to impacted areas is likely to be delayed and may be dangerous due to precarious road conditions and the possibility of severe flooding or other natural disasters. Commercial air service to and from some flooded areas can be suspended with little to no warning.  An interactive map from the Government of Peru showing the affected districts is available at https://goo.gl/N4mhEO.

Avoid travel to areas under a state of emergency.  Adhere closely to travel alerts and safety instructions issued by local authorities, and avoid flooded areas.  Establish a plan for maintaining contact with family and friends, and to keep them informed of your itinerary.  Stay in close contact with tour and transportation organizers, in case of delays or changes to your plans.  U.S. citizens who are experiencing delays in travel, should contact local authorities at IPeru (01-574-8000; iperu@promperu.gob.pe), which maintains offices in cities around the country and regularly updates information on local developments affecting travelers, including alternative methods of transit.

Official U.S. government travel to and along areas of the Carretera Central covered by the state of emergency will be approved on a case-by-case basis.  Peace Corps volunteers in areas impacted by flooding have been instructed to remain in their locations.  U.S. government employees have been encouraged to avoid personal travel to the coastal Departments of Piura, Lambayeque, La Libertad, and Tumbes.  Other areas of Peru, particularly in the northern and central mountains, may be affected by the rains and personnel are encouraged to carefully review the safety situation before travel.

Areas in the south of the country, including Cusco and Arequipa, have been affected less severely by the rains than areas farther north.  Visit the Government of Peru website to confirm conditions as this may change.

The National Institute for Civil Defense (INDECI) reported that as of March 19, rains in Peru affected over 620,000 people, left almost 100,000 homeless, and killed 75.  Over 130,000 residences have been damaged, 12,000 homes are uninhabitable, and 10,000 more have been destroyed.  The Government of Peru has instituted water rationing in the aforementioned areas, Servicios de Agua Potable y Alcantarillado de Lima (SEDAPAL) which manages Lima’s municipal water system, has limited water service in order to perform maintenance on filtration systems that have been affected by landslides and overflowing rainwater.  Sedapal has established free water supply stations in most districts of Lima. Current location and operating hours of each station can be found at http://www.sedapal.com.pe.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel websitefor the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Peru.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program(STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
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  • Contact the S. Embassy in Peru, located in Monterrico, a suburb of Lima, at Avenida La Encalada, Block Seventeen.  You can call the Embassy at 51-1-618-2000 during business hours, 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday, or dial the same number to reach a duty officer for after-hours emergencies.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).