Mar 20, 2017

Abnormal El Nino in Peru unleashes deadly downpours; more flooding seen

Lima District
Peru
by
Mitra Taj
,
Reuters
Police help residents cross a flooded street after a massive landslide and flood in the Huachipa district of Lima, Peru, March 17, 2017. Photo: Sebastian Castaneda, Reuters
Police help residents cross a flooded street after a massive landslide and flood in the Huachipa district of Lima, Peru, March 17, 2017. Photo: Sebastian Castaneda, Reuters

While precipitation in Peru has not exceeded the powerful El Nino of 1998, more rain is falling in shorter periods of time - rapidly filling streets and rivers, said Jorge Chavez, a general tasked with coordinating the government's response.

"We've never seen anything like this before," said Chavez. "From one moment to the next, sea temperatures rose and winds that keep precipitation from reaching land subsided."

Some scientists have said climate change will make El Ninos more frequent and intense.