Location of Zarumilla in the Tumbes Region
|Founded||November 17, 1942|
|• Mayor||Felix Ernesto Garrido Rivera|
|• Total||745.13 km2 (287.70 sq mi)|
|Elevation||11 m (36 ft)|
|• Density||49/km2 (130/sq mi)|
Zarumilla was established as a province on November 17, 1942.
The Zarumilla River, located in the eastern part of the province, marks the border between Peru and Ecuador. In 1998, during El Niño, the river changed its course, moving 1 square kilometre (250 acres) of land into its eastern margin. Ecuadorians took advantage of this situation, saying that the river is the natural border marker and therefore gives them rights in the affected area. The Peruvians argued that the area is sovereign Peruvian soil.
- Peruvian Army official website - Relación Perú-Ecuador, Puntos de fricción
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