Peru: Direct Relief's programme activities update Aug 2002

Recipient: Instituto Nacional de Defensa Civil (INDECI)
Shipment Date: 8/19/2002 Value: $88,107
Since the beginning of July, temperatures in the southern region of Peru have dropped to well below normal accompanied by snowstorms, torrential rains, hailstorms, and intense winds. These extreme conditions have killed over 60 people and have affected the lives of over 70,000 through the destruction of homes, crops, and livestock. Southern Peru is inhabited mostly by indigenous subsistence farmers who have little means of obtaining additional fuel or clothing to stay warm. Many who are already suffering from malnutrition or other compromising health problems are extremely susceptible to illnesses such as pneumonia and bronchitis, which can be fatal if not treated promptly.

At the specific request of the Peruvian Consulate in Los Angeles, Direct Relief provided a disaster module donated by Bristol-Myers Squibb, over 30,000 tablets of antibiotics, 700 IV sets, 2,000 syringes, 100 plastic tarps, and 300 wool blankets to the Peruvian Civil Defense for distribution to hospitals, clinics, and shelters attending to the victims of this unusual cold wave.