Peru

EOC Weekly Report, 18 Dec 2009 - Peru Flooding/Landslides

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Heavy rainfall registered in recent days over the central region of Ayacucho has caused widespread flooding and landslides in the Province of Huamanga, mainly affecting the Districts of Ayacucho and Carmen Alto. The Government has declared State of Emergency.

9 deaths have been reported and it is estimated that 50 remain missing; a total of 1,128 people have been affected. Regarding infrastructure, 188 homes have been damaged, of which 135 were destroyed. The city sewerage system has been interrupted; no damage reported on health facilities. The Ministry of Health (MINSA) Regional Hospital, the Social Security Hospital (EsSalud) and primary care facilities in the districts remain operational.

A Government Committee comprised of Ministries and the National Civil Defense Institution (INDECI) was mobilized to the area and is coordinating the response; a damage and needs assessment is currently taking place. Search and rescue operations are being carried out by the military, fire fighters and the private sector. The Regional Civil Defense Committee has installed 105 temporary shelters and distributes relief items for the affected population.

No international assistance has been requested at this time.