After a period of near drought conditions, emergencies due to heavy rains, floods and landslides, have been occurring since 31 January in the northern regions of the country.
There are significant damages to water and sewer systems in urban areas and the capacity of health services are affected.
On 4 February, the Government issued a State of Emergency Declaration for three departments in the north (Tumbes, Piura and Lambayeque). Regional Governments are leading response efforts and the National Civil Defense Institute (INDECI) is coordinating at a national level with state sectors.
More than 170,000 people are affected by floods and landslides nationwide and over 85,000 of these people are in Lambayeque.
INDECI’s National Emergency Operations Center (COEN) reports around 27,300 people affected (severely affected, including loss of housing) nationwide. The majority (24,700) are people recently affected in Lambayeque.
A field hospital will be installed in the capital of Lambayeque (Chiclayo) within seven days.
The Government delivered an initial 168 tons of humanitarian aid to 27 affected districts of Lambayeque.
Members of the Humanitarian Country Team have carried out initial evaluation and humanitarian assistance activities in Lambayeque and other affected regions (ADRA Peru, World Vision, Peruvian Red Cross, Caritas del Peru, PREDES, Plan International, COOPI, CARE and Practical Solutions).
The Humanitarian Country Team is coordinating with INDECI regarding the possible activation the joint response protocol.
Source: OCHA Peru.
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