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ACT update Peru 1/2002: Assistance to victims of snowstorms & intense cold- LAPE-21

News and Press Release
Originally published
Geneva, 5 November 2002 - In July, temperatures in the southern Andean region of Peru and the southern high plains of Bolivia dropped below normal temperatures to -20 =B0C and colder. This severe weather was the result of atmospheric disturbances from the Antarctic which caused freezing temperatures followed by intense snow-, hail- and rainstorms accompanied by strong winds. The accumulation of snow reached above one meter in many areas. These extreme conditions caused the death of over 60 people, loss of crops and pastures, severe damage and destruction of houses and the death of livestock.
The zones affected by this extreme weather are located between 3,500 and 5,000 meters above sea level. The population in these zones comprises mostly poor farmers who are financially dependent on their livestock since the altitude of the zones limits their crop production to subsistence.

An ACT appeal was issued on 2 August 2002 to respond to this emergency and included proposals from Lutheran World Relief (LWR) and PREDES. The implementation of the activities is in process, however, due to the delay in the arrival of funds it is foreseen that they will not be finished within the original timeframe of the appeal. Therefore, Lutheran World Relief (LWR) and PREDES have requested an extension of the date of completion of the appeal from 31 December 2002 to 28 February 2003. The ACT CO has agreed with this extension.

Thank you for your attention.

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