PCI is providing immediate relief services
to communities hardest hit by an earthquake that struck the Peruvian Pacific
Coast on August 15. Although receiving little media attention, the situation
remains critical with more than 200,000 people still requiring life-saving
assistance and nearly 60,000 homeless.
Measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale, the
earthquake devastated hospitals, schools, churches and government buildings
seriously impacting the cities of Pisco, Chincha, Alta, Ica, and Canete.
Since the earthquake, over 600 people have died, in excess of 1,000 have