El Nino Could Be the Last Nail in the Coffin for Peru’s Boluarte

El Nino Could Be the Last Nail in the Coffin for Peru’s Boluarte
A family makes their way through a street flooded by heavy rains from Cyclone Yaku, in Chiclayo, Peru, March 12, 2023 (AP photo by Aldair Mejia).

Peru has been struggling to regain its footing after facing a multitude of political crises and taking a devastating hit from the COVID-19 pandemic. Now the country is bracing for yet another blow with the potential to inflict more serious damage and worsen political tensions.

On July 4, the World Meteorological Organization announced that the climate phenomenon known as El Nino has returned after a seven-year hiatus. Caused by a temporary warming of the waters in the Pacific Ocean, El Nino usually lasts about nine months. In the process, it causes major weather disruptions, often with catastrophic consequences for some populations.

No one is more familiar with El Nino than Peruvians. After all, it was Peruvian fishermen who named it in the 17th century. The moniker, which means “the boy” in Spanish, is a reference to the baby Jesus, because El Nino occurs during the Southern Hemisphere’s summer months and generally coincides with Christmas. The periodic condition fuels torrential rains, extreme heat and a slew of knock-on troubles, including major economic losses.

Keep reading for free!

Get instant access to the rest of this article by submitting your email address below. You'll also get access to three articles of your choice each month and our free newsletter:

Or, Subscribe now to get full access.

Already a subscriber? Log in here .

What you’ll get with an All-Access subscription to World Politics Review:

A WPR subscription is like no other resource — it’s like having a personal curator and expert analyst of global affairs news. Subscribe now, and you’ll get:

  • Immediate and instant access to the full searchable library of tens of thousands of articles.
  • Daily articles with original analysis, written by leading topic experts, delivered to you every weekday.
  • Regular in-depth articles with deep dives into important issues and countries.
  • The Daily Review email, with our take on the day’s most important news, the latest WPR analysis, what’s on our radar, and more.
  • The Weekly Review email, with quick summaries of the week’s most important coverage, and what’s to come.
  • Completely ad-free reading.

And all of this is available to you when you subscribe today.

More World Politics Review