Huallaga on flood alert

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The Huallaga River could burst its banks in the coming hours due to an increase in rains in the central jungles of Peru, especially in the departments of Junín, Pasco, Huánuco and San Martín. According to state meteorological and hydrological office Senamhi, rain in the mountains has increased river flow to a critical level.  In a press release, the agency raises the alarm for a number of jungle rivers, most importantly the Huallaga. It recommends that those living near the river, particularly in San Martín, take emergency measures to protect themselves in case of floods or landslides. It also calls on local authorities to enact emergency plans. In Tocache the river level has risen to 4.82m – the level at which it floods has been found to be 4.90m. 

Meanwhile, rivers in the northern coastal zone have also risen, but not to dangerous levels. Locals welcome the extra water, which is filling depleted reservoirs.

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