At least 73 districts in seven regions of Peru with jungle areas present a "very high risk" of being affected by landslides during the 2018-2019 rainy season, which will continue until March, official sources reported today.
According to the results of the Study of Risk by Mass Movements of the National Center for Estimation, Prevention and Reduction of Disaster Risk (Cenepred), the districts with "very high" risk are located, from higher to lower risk, in the regions of Huánuco, Cusco, Puno, San Martín, Pasco, Junín and Loreto.
In these districts live a total of 585.210 inhabitants, while the population with "high" risk of involvement in these same regions totals 3,087,413 people.
The National Emergency Operations Center (COEN) reported that, according to official forecasts, from today and until next Thursday, moderate to high intensity rains are expected, accompanied by electric shocks and wind gusts in 48 provinces of the Amazon.
In addition, the most intense rainfall will occur on 25, 26 and 27 December, mainly in the high jungle, with accumulated more than 55 millimeters of water per day.
The rainy season in the extensive Peruvian jungle, which occupies 62% of the country's territory, are common between the months of November and March.