Drought: states of emergency widened

11 December 2016

On 7 December, the government extended the area under a ‘state of emergency’ to 17 regions. This covers the regions of Ancash, Cajamarca, Lambayeque, La Libertad, Piura and Tumbes in the north; Junín and Pasco in the centre; and Apurímac, Ayacucho, Cuzco, Huancavelica, Ica, Puno and Tacna in the south. It also includes seven provinces in the department of Lima and four in Arequipa. Among the regions worst affected by drought are Arequipa, Moquegua and Apurímac.

The emergency regulations are supposed to enable water authorities to rehabilitate wells and the like, as well as iron out problems of distribution between different regions. But ultimately, there is relatively little the authorities can do but to wait for the rains to come. The reservoirs in northern Peru are between 7% and 25% full, while in the south this is slightly more (although some are virtually dry). Lack of rain has postponed the sowing of crops by up to two months. Water rationing in Piura has resulted in protests by angry farmers. http://elcomercio.pe/sociedad/peru/emergencia-hidrica-se-amplio-17-regiones-noticia-1951806?ref=flujo_tags_520372&ft=nota_2&e=titulo

According to Senamhi, the agency which monitors rainfall, November was the driest for thirty years in Ancash and for the last twenty in Piura. In southern Peru, it has been the driest November since the drought of 2008. http://elcomercio.pe/sociedad/peru/senamhi-noviembre-2016-fue-mas-seco-ultimos-30-anos-noticia-1951828?ref=flujo_tags_520372&ft=nota_1&e=titulo

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