Floods in South America - April 2010

In Peru, widespread flooding and numerous landslides due to recent heavy rains in three departments have resulted in 30 deaths and 54 injuries. More than 139,000 people have been affected since December 2009. One health center was affected in the department of Ancash. The regional and local governments of Huánuco have been coordinating with the National Civil Defense Institute to provide humanitarian aid and conduct damage assessments.
In Brazil, record-high levels of rainfall began on April 5 in the state of Rio de Janeiro, resulting in flash floods and mudslides. 192 deaths have been reported and over 3,200 people have been left homeless. This number is expected to rise as search and rescue operations continue, while over 10,000 homes are estimated to be at risk of collapsing. A state of emergency has been declared by the Governor of the state of Rio de Janeiro.
Neither country has requested international assistance; however, PAHO/WHO continues to closely monitor the situation.