Natural Disasters

Rains Raise the Risk of Dengue and Zika Viruses

Rains Raise the Risk of Dengue and Zika Viruses

The government is set to declare a health emergency in northern Peru, following reports of more than 80 new cases of dengue fever in the wake of heavy rains and flooding in Tumbes, Piura and Lambayeque.  On the south coast in Ica, 28 cases have been reported. “The idea of declaring […]

New Chacahuaro Tunnel Opened on Central Highway

New Chacahuaro Tunnel Opened on Central Highway

President Kuczynski and Transport minister Martin Vizcarra were in Matucana this week to inaugurate the 306m Chacahuaro tunnel on the Central Highway. The tunnel, at Km. 80 and at 2,550 meters above sea level, has been built at a key point on the highway where landslides occur almost every year […]

Forest Fires Raze Crops and Wildlife in Andean Highlands

Forest Fires Raze Crops and Wildlife in Andean Highlands

Park rangers and firefighters have succeeded in putting out fires in four wildlife reserves in northern Peru, but several other forest fires continue to smolder or burn in other parts of the country. The government has called for emergency measures in the highlands of Cajamarca and Lambayeque, where several fires […]

Earthquake in Colca Canyon: Four dead, over 40 injured

Earthquake in Colca Canyon: Four dead, over 40 injured

UPDATE:  Arequipa governor Yamila Osorio said Monday afternoon that only four people had been killed in the earthquake, and not nine as she had been informed early in the day. Humanitarian aid has been flown to the Colca Valley in Arequipa, where a 5.2 earthquake on Sunday, Aug. 14, killed nine people, including […]