Peru’s National Meteorological and Hydrological Service (SENAMHI) is predicting that the Peru’s central jungle and sierra regions are facing rain until March.
According to Andina news agency, the Peruvian city of Puerto Maldonado in the region of Madre de Dios saw rain for 12 hours straight today. SENAMHI reports that such an occurrence is not uncommon, but that inhabitants of areas affected by the rainy season should take any necessary precautionary measures in order to stay safe in wet weather.
Authorities from the Madre de Dios regional branch of the National Institute for Civil Defence have also launched an educational campaign intended to help residents of the area deal more effectively with large amounts of precipitation.
SENAMHI is also predicting light rains and cloud cover for the areas surrounding Cusco, Machu Picchu, and the Sacred Valley. Andina reports that the adverse weather could interfere with flight schedules in and out of Cusco’s Velasco Astete Airport, but SENAMHI assures that meteorological conditions will be closely monitored by airport officials in order to prevent any accidents.
“We’re now in the rainy season in all of the Peruvian sierra, and right now it’s occurring at a light to moderate intensity, the strongest rains, as always, are being seen in the high and low forested areas, and we think this precipitation will continue until March,” SENAMHI specialist Felix Cubas told Andina. Central jungle cities are already reporting long-lasting rain storms.