El Niño-related flooding affected more than 1.7 million people throughout Peru
GoP extends states of emergency in Áncash, Cajamarca, La Libertad,
Lambayeque, Piura, and Tumbes to continue emergency response efforts
Heavy rainfall and flooding destroyed or rendered uninhabitable nearly 45,000 houses countrywide
From December 2016–May 2017, sustained heavy rainfall caused widespread flooding and landslides that affected more than 1.7 million people, including more than 560,000 children, in northwestern and coastal Peru, according to the Government of Peru (GoP).
Of the affected population, approximately 29 percent and 27 percent reside in the Piura and La Libertad regions, respectively, with substantial numbers of affected people in the Áncash, Lambayeque, and Tumbes regions.
The GoP continues to coordinate relief efforts, including assessing ongoing widespread damage to public infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, and health facilities, while rehabilitating prioritized structures. In early July, the GoP extended the states of emergency in the Áncash, Cajamarca, and La Libertad regions for an additional 45 days, and in the Lambayeque, Piura, and Tumbes regions for an additional two months, allowing the government to continue implementing emergency response and rehabilitation measures. GoP health actors and response stakeholders are working to reduce the spread of mosquito-borne disease through vector control activities, and the GoP reports that dengue virus cases in Piura have begun to decrease.
In response to the effects of flooding and landslides, the U.S. Government has provided nearly $8.1 million to support multi-sector humanitarian assistance in flood-affected communities, including health, shelter, relief commodity, and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) support. USAID/OFDA partners continue to coordinate relief activities with the GoP and other response stakeholders to address gaps in assistance and reach populations in need.