This Operations Update reports on the progress towards the achievement of outcomes and outputs established in the revised Emergency Appeal in the areas of health; water, sanitation and hygiene; Shelter and settlements (and household non-food items); shelter coordination; food security; livelihoods; restoring family links (RFL); disaster risk reduction (DRR); National Society Organizational Capacity Building and Institutional Preparedness; and Quality programming/ Areas Common to All Sectors. A brief overview is provided of Peruvian Red Cross (PRC) actions and the preparation for the launch of the early recovery phase actions.
The El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) in its coastal phenomenon has affected 1.7 million people, of which approximately 27 per cent are children and adolescents. While all 24 departments of Peru have been affected, the damage in the northern and central coastal departments (Tumbes, Piura, Lambayeque, La Libertad, Ancash, Lima and Ica) due to heavy rainfall, floods, landslides, hail and electric storms has been severe. As of 28 June 2017, the National Civil Defence Institute (INDECI) reports La Libertad is the most affected department with 26.4 per cent of the affected population, followed by Piura department with 24.9 per cent. The central government’s state of emergency remain in effect in 510 districts in 9 departments (every district in Tumbes, Piura, Lambayeque, Ancash, Cajamarca, La Libertad and districts in Ica, Ayacucho and Junín).
INDECI reports 159 people have died and 18 remain missing and a total of 402,815 houses are collapsed, inhabitable and affected. More than 19,212 people continue to live in formal and informal camps nationwide. Added to these figures are the 3,222 schools and 998 health centres that also were damaged or destroyed.
The coastal El Niño has exacerbated vulnerabilities already existing in the affected areas and has led to risks that require urgent control such as dengue and the presence of environmental contaminants. Dengue cases continue to increase and have already exceeded 44,000 cases. Piura, with 26,958 cases is the most affected department, accounting for 60 per cent of the total.
A little more than three months after the most serious flooding, humanitarian needs persist in most affected areas. Displaced populations and rural inhabitants continue to face challenges to obtain access their basic needs. The government has created an Authority for Reconstruction with Changes (RCC for its acronym in Spanish) to initiate a comprehensive recovery process.
As of 6 July, this Emergency Appeal is 25% funded. This low level of response puts in jeopardy the ability to reach the targeted affected population. Until now, the expenditures have prioritized of emergency phase actions and IFRC human resources to provide operational support to the Peruvian Red Cross. More donations are strongly encouraged to support the still unmet humanitarian needs of the most vulnerable people in the affected departments.
The operational budget and beneficiary targets are currently being adjusted to reflect emerging humanitarian needs, actions by State institutions and other humanitarian actors and available funds. These changes will be reported on in the next Operations Update or in the planned Revised Emergency Appeal.