Caracas, 24 Mar. AVN.- The Venezuelan government sent on Friday humanitarian aid to Peru, a country that is affected by heavy rains, said President Nicolas Maduro.
"The solidarity of brothers in South America is very important and Peru needs our solidarity, our love, our company and our affection". "It is very important to practice continuous solidarity in times of tragedy," he said.
Furthermore, Maduro thanked the support of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces and Venezuelan special rescue groups.
The worst floods and mudslides in almost 30 years are continuing to affect the country.
• The worst floods and mudslides in almost 30 years are continuing to affect the country.
• As of 24 March, the death toll has reached 85 people. More than 784 000 people are affected, including over 111 000 homeless and almost 673 000 severely affected. 1 256 schools are severely damaged and 451 have collapsed and are inhabitable; 344 health centres are affected, and 28 have collapsed; 25 298 hectares of crops have been damaged and 11 800 destroyed.
• A state of emergency has been declared in 12 departments.
MARCH 23, 2017 | 7:00 AM
SPRINGFIELD, MO.Convoy of Hope is responding to record flooding in Peru. The Peruvian government estimates there are upwards of 70,000 damaged or destroyed homes leaving hundreds of thousands of people in limbo. Water treatment plants have also been compromised in many parts of the country.
Our Disaster Services team is en route to Peru with Sawyer Water Filters and LuminAID Solar Lanterns that will be distributed to flood survivors in need.
Heavy rains have created emergencies in Peru and Ecuador. Rains are expected to continue through the weekend.
In Peru, 12 departments have been declared under a state of emergency for risks from the rising Amazon Rivers. Another seven departments have been declared under state of Sanitary Emergency due to worsening health risks.
This Emergency Appeal is being issued on a preliminary basis and seeks 3,997,679 Swiss francs to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Peruvian Red Cross (PRC) to assist 50,000 people affected by floods in northern Peru over 12 months. The response will focus on the following areas of interventions: health; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); shelter (including Household nonfood items), food security and livelihoods, restoring family links (RFL) and National Society capacity building.
Intense rains have caused severe flooding and landslides in 24 of Peru’s 25 regions. 12 regions have been declared in a state of emergency source. It is the worst flooding in two decades, and more storms are expected.
Heavy rain has been severely affecting the country in the past few days, causing floods and landslides.
€ 250 000 humanitarian assistance mobilised;
• 1 Humanitarian Aid Expert deployed, soon to be reinforced with 2 additional EU experts;
• Ongoing Disaster Risk Reduction projects for € 2.35 million;
• 1 ERCC Liaison officer deployed;
• 1 UCPM environmental expert (FR) associated to UNDAC;
• 1 EUCPT (11 experts) on stand-by for deployment, including expertise in health, WASH, logistics and coordination.
Surging urban populations across cities in Latin America - a result of mass migration from rural to urban areas - make them vulnerable to floods
By Anastasia Moloney
BOGOTA, March 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Peru's deadly floods are a wake-up call for cities across Latin America to prepare better for extreme weather as climate change and poor urban planning, alongside rapid population growth, worsen the problem of flooding, experts say.
Since December 2016, Peru has been dealing with persistent rainfall and flooding that have left dozens of people dead. However, during the first months of this year, the greatest number of human and material losses have been registered in the departments of Tumbes, Piura, Lambayeque, Loreto, Ica, Ancash, Cajamarca, La Libertad, Huancavelica, and Lima provinces. They have been declared to be in State of Emergency, by the National Government.
· More than 242,164 children have been affected by floods and landslides in Peru during the rainy season that began in January that thus far have affected 727,217 people who have lost their homes and belongings. In terms of infrastructure, 178km of roads and 13 bridges have been destroyed, with another 270km of roads and 44 bridges affected.
Peru is facing one of the biggest natural disaster caused by the El Niño conditions which has brought torrential rain, landslides and floods that are affecting thousands of families in the region of Lima, Ica, Ancash, Lambayeque, La Libertad, Arequipa, Piura and Tumbes.
Peruvian officials have reported 75 deaths, 263 people injured, 10,538 collapsed houses, 159 bridges destroyed and 1,903 kilometres of road network affected.
Caritas Peru launched a campaign which aims to meet the most urgent basic needs for families affected by the landslides and floods.
Since December 2016, above-average rains have caused flooding and landslides in 24 of the 25 regions of Peru. Over 99,000 people have suffered losses and over 600,000 people have been affected. 12 regions have declared a state of emergency. Piura and Lambayeque in the northwest, and Ica and Arequipa in the southwest are most affected. Piura, Lambayeque, Lima, Ica and Arequipa are particularly affected by infrastructure damage such as road and bridge collapse, damage to sewage and drainage systems, and health concerns.
Ministry of Health personnel will fumigate and thus prevent the spread of mosquito Aedes Aegypti that causes dengue and zika virus. Throughout the emergency more than two thousand brigades have made 15 thousand medical consultations and of the 3 723 establishments in the zone 87% are operating and equipped. The Ministry of Health declared health emergencies in the departments of Tumbes, Piura and Lambayeque.
BY THE NUMBERS
643,216 people affected
101,104 people injured
78 people dead
141,149 houses affected
Source: Instituto Nacional de Defensa Civil – Rainy Season Executive Summary (March 20, 2017)
The EU Civil Protection Mechanism has been activated and €250 000 has been mobilised for emergency relief to communities affected by floods in Peru.
- Heavy rainfall has been affecting the country since December 2016, causing floods and landslides. Over the past few days, the situation has deteriorated.
- According to national authorities, as of 22 March at 7.00 UTC, the death toll has reached 78 people. They also reported 263 people injured, over 640 000 people affected, of which more than 100 000 people in need of assistance.
- The EU Civil Protection Mechanism was activated on 19 march to facilitate the deployment of assistance.