Pacific Ocean

Why is Peru suffering coastal landslides and flooding?

Why is Peru suffering coastal landslides and flooding?

To date, 94 people have died, and an estimated 700,000 have been left homeless, as a direct result of the landslides and flooding, brought on by unusually heavy rains on the Western side of the Andes.

What, then, is causing all this destruction? To understand this, we need to look at Peru's coastal climate which, in a similar way to southern California, blends strong desert and offshore influences.