The Coastal Child does not stop: heavy rains and floods continue to hit the north coast of Peru

The Coastal Child does not stop: heavy rains and floods continue to hit the north coast of Peru

The Coastal Child does not stop: heavy rains and floods continue to hit the north coast of Peru

How long will the impacts of the phenomenon known as El Niño Costero last? What regions are the most affected by the rains?

No one stops the climate phenomenon called the Coastal Child. Since January this year there are havoc in different parts of Peru, especially on the north coast. Heavy rains are the main product of this climatic event. Uncontrollable rains that have caused "floods, landslides, landslides and floods that are affecting homes, communication channels, educational institutions, public places and farming areas," according to reports from the National Emergency Operations Center (COEN) of the Institute National Civil Defense (INDECI).

"The lower parts of Piura and Lambayeque, like many parts of the north, are normally dry. Occasionally there are some rains these months. However, the rains of now are quite higher than normal, not only because of the high sea temperatures on the coast by El Niño Costero, but also because in the central Pacific La Nina lag also helps remotely these rains " , says Dr. Ken Takahashi, a researcher at the Geophysical Institute of Peru (IGP), a member of the El Niño Phenomenon Study (ENFEN).

The Coastal Child is a climatic anomaly that develops exclusively on the coasts of Peru and Ecuador, unlike the Phenomenon of the Child that develops along the coasts of the Pacific.

p> While La Niña is the climatic phenomenon that transports from south to north, through the South Pacific, wind currents and cold water that accumulates in the Central Pacific. That is the humidity that Dr. Takahashi refers to.

Affected population in northern Peru. Photo: Andina.

"Another factor is that we have registered a weakening of the South Pacific anticyclone, that is to say, of the cold winds of the south, which means that there is no equilibration of temperatures. That is also why the sea in the north is warmer and there is more humidity, "adds the expert.

According to COEN emergency reports, northern regions of Peru are most affected by heavy rains . According to its report Number 24, with updated information as of March 13, in the Lambayeque region there are three deaths and 72,800 people and 17,144 homes have been affected. In the same situation is the Piura region, with more than 211 000 people and 41 000 homes affected, as well as six deaths, according to information updated on 13 March. The same happens in the Tumbes region, with more than 24 000 families and 5700 homes affected, as well as one deceased, according to information updated on March 14.

Flood in the north. Photo: Andina.

According to meteorologist Andrea Holguín, "heavy rains will last until about March 15. Then there will be a small recess, which does not mean that there will be no rains, but will be less intense, fractioned and focused. This between the days 16 and 18 of March in average. However, from March 20 to March 23 there will be a new event of major rains. Now, the dates I say are not definitive, naturally the climatic processes can be shortened or lengthened.

In addition, he says that during the recess of extreme rainfall, , although smaller. "This means that there will be possibility of occurrences of floods as the rains will continue to occur, especially in the Piura region and the mountainous area of ​​the Lambayeque region," Herrera predicts.

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