Millions Affected by Extreme Rain Events in Andes
Posted by feww on February 10, 2013
Torrential Rains, flooding and landslides affect 5 million people in South America
Extreme rain events in the Andean region along the Pacific coast side of South America have affected about 5 million people, leaving at least 10 dead, and thousands of others displaced.
Extreme rain events in the Andean region of Chile have triggered landslides near San Jose de Maipo causing fresh water shortages in the capital, Santiago, affecting more than 4 million people.
- The landslides contaminated two major rivers that supply the city’s water plants.
- In January, another contamination of the river Maipo left about 4 million people in the Chilean capital without water.
The government has declared a state of emergency following severe flooding in the southern city of Arequipa, where tens of thousands of people were left without electricity and drinking water.
- Extreme weather dumped the equivalent of three months of rain in about seven hours, Peru’s meteorological service reported.
- “It’s a record of records. There are no records of an event of this magnitude,” the Andina news agency quoted an official as saying.
- Up to a 100,000 people have been affected by extreme weather.
Torrential rains and flooding throughout most of Bolivia have destroyed homes, crops and infrastructure, affecting about 20,000 people.
Flooding in Madagascar
“In Madagascar, Tropical Cyclone Felleng caused the deaths of 9 people, affected 4,958 people, and displaced 1,303 people, all of whom have since returned to their homes. Furthermore, an estimated 162 houses were totally destroyed, 54 partially destroyed, and 670 houses flooded.” UN OCHA reported.
Flooding in Malawi
In southern Malawi more than 33,000 people have been displaced due to flooding, which has left many without shelter or clothing. “Crops have been destroyed, while over 20 schools have been disrupted, affecting thousands of children.” UN OCHA reported.
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