Some mid-morning crosstown traffic in Tumbes, a city of about 95,000 in northwestern Peru near the border with Ecuador. Yes, I was humming a Jimi Hendrix song.
Tumbes is about 250 kilometers north of Piura, one of the areas hit especially hard by the flooding that inundated many coastal areas of Peru in February, March and April. Heavy rains powered by El Niño conditions dumped parts of Peru with 10 times more rainfall than normal, causing mudslides and rivers to overflow.
According to UNICEF, the flooding has caused “long-term devastation to around 1.2 million people”, 421,167 children among them. As of 2 May, 133 deaths have been reported.
More numbers via UNICEF:
- 42,627 collapsed/uninhabitable houses
- 247,127 affected houses
- 198 collapsed/uninhabitable schools
- 2,258 affected schools
- 52 collapsed/uninhabitable health facilities
About one-third of the affected population is in Piura. Has anyone been through the area lately?
Today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 1,226th straight, was snapped in Tumbes, Peru, on 13 May 2013, four years ago today.