Peru is estimated to be the third most vulnerable country to climate change impacts.
In the capital city of Lima, climate change, environmental degradation, fast population growth and poverty are already having major effects in the lives and livelihoods of its inhabitants.
In 2013, low temperatures in Puno (Peruvian Andean region) left more than 4,000 families homeless and resulted in the loss of 2,400 alpacas, which are the main source of livelihood for these households. Women are in charge of caring for the animals, in addition to their other production activities.
Joint work between FAO, the Ministry of Agriculture, and regional and local governments contributed to the recovery of the livelihoods of more than 800 families affected by frost.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has approved Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) for the operation of Peruvian Red Cross in response to the cold wave in the Andean region. These funds are intended to support 620 affected families in the districts Ananea, Quilcapunko, Sina and Putina, in the province of San Antonio de Putina.
Description of the disaster
Since May 2015 to date, a meteorological phenomenon causing low temperatures, heavy snowfall and frost has affected the Andean regions located above 3,500 metres above sea level; temperatures have dropped below 0°C, and there have been snowstorms and hail. In some places, temperatures reached -15° C, severely affecting the lives and health of the population, as well as basic services, livelihoods (livestock and agriculture) and the infrastructure of various structures, including schools.
WFP Peru has shifted from a food aid to a food assistance organisation with a focus on institutional capacity development and government support to eliminate chronic childhood undernutrition and anaemia. In the context of recurrent natural disasters, WFP provides support to emergency preparedness and early response. WFP has been present in Peru since 1964.
17 de julio, 2015 — Hasta abril, más de 13.000 personas lo habían perdido todo y unas 163.000 no habían podido trabajar en Loreto, en el norte de Perú, como consecuencia de las inundaciones tras 7 meses de fuertes lluvias en la región.
Since the beginning of the rainy season in October 2014, seven months of steady rain has fallen in Loreto, Peru’s largest region, located in the far north of the country, and home to one million people. By April 2015, more than 13,000 people had lost everything and about 163,000 were unable to work, as their livelihoods were severely affected by the floods.
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Source: Reuters - Sun, 5 Jul 2015 17:48 GMT
LIMA, July 5 (Reuters) - Peru has declared a 60-day state of emergency in towns in 14 regions to brace for possible damage from the climate pattern El Nino in the rainy season, state media reported Sunday.
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By Raphaël Guévin-Nicoloff — 3 July 2015
As one of the 38 countries to achieve anti-hunger targets for 2015, Peru has a lot to celebrate. In fact, the country has managed to reduce its number of hungry people by half in the last 15 years.
By Inés Calderón
Peru, one of 13 countries recently surveyed by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) ahead of World Humanitarian Summit regional consultations for Latin America and the Caribbean, is highly vulnerable to natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, and droughts.
RAINS: About 65,000 people are affected by floods in Peru, and 2,200 are in shelters around Iquito. Mexico,
Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua are also affected by heavy rain.
EPIDEMIC: Cases of cholera have increased in the Dominican Republic, while in Honduras cases of dengue and chikungunya have increased.
EARTHQUAKE: A 6.0 magnitude earthquake shook the city of Concepcion in Chile. No damages or injuries were reported.
This document for practitioners has been produced as part of the “Prevention of Social Conflicts in the Use of Natural Resources” project implemented by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Peru.
Lima, Peru | AFP | Wednesday 6/10/2015 - 16:12 GMT
At least 13 people were killed when a rockslide crushed a public transport van in Peru, and more bodies may still be found under the debris, rescuers said Wednesday.
Two people survived the rockslide Monday along a remote stretch of highway northeast of the capital Lima.
But after more than 30 hours clearing rocks and earth from the van, rescue workers have given up hope of finding more survivors, said fire chief Carlos Paredes.
Según el plan multisectorial, no intervendrá en 289 localidades altoandinas y de la selva, pese a que están en riesgo
Disarmament experts from Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) have conducted a research and development (R&D) mission in Peru, to support the government with its plans to destroy its stockpiled cluster munitions.
The mission was undertaken in cooperation with the Peruvian Air Force from 04-08 May, at the Puntos Lobos logistic base in the Pucusana District, south of Lima.
WFP Peru has shifted from a food aid to a food assistance agency with a focus on institutional capacity development and support to eliminate chronic childhood undernutrition and anaemia. In the context of recurrent natural disasters, WFP Peru provides support to emergency preparedness and early response. WFP has been present in Peru since 1964.
Lima, Peru | AFP | Saturday 5/16/2015 - 21:53 GMT
Peru declared a state of emergency in part of the country Saturday after deep cracks caused by heavy rains appeared in a village, terrifying residents.
The gaping crevasses have worsened over several weeks in the northern Ancash region, making some houses uninhabitable and prompting the emergency resolution by the government.
The regional representation for the Andean countries (regional representation) of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) provided a diversity of support to the Colombian Red Cross Society (CRCS) in 2014 so that the National Society could better fulfil its humanitarian mission. These actions were done in alignment with International Movement strategies and standards, including Strategy 2020 and the Inter-American Framework for Action 2012-2016.