Peru - Floods OCHA Situation Report No. 3

Situation Report
Originally published
OCHA/GVA - 2003/0029
OCHA Situation Report No. 3
Peru - Floods
3 February 2003


1. On 27 January, the Government of Peru declared a state of emergency in the provinces of Puno and Madre de Dios as a result of flooding. Most affected departments are Puno, Madre de Dios and Cusco. According to the Instituto Nacional de Defensa Civil (INDECI), the damage caused by the floods so far is as follows (persons):

Madre de Dios
Severely affected

2. According to the World Food Programme (WFP), reports indicate that more than 2,300 houses and 35,000 hectares of agricultural land have been affected. A mission is being undertaken by WFP to further assess damages.

3. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) reports that in Puno, floods have caused damage to roads and seven bridges, together with 44 school rooms and a health post.

National Response

4. The Government distributed 25,000 food rations to the affected population living in Puno, as well as 4,000 house modules, 15,000 blankets and 5,000 light bedspreads, according to WFP.

International Response

5. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing USD50,000 to its mission in Peru for the local purchase of relief supplies for the victims of the recent flooding.

6. The Government of Japan will provide emergency in-kind assistance equivalent to JPY 13 million (approximately USD 109,244), comprising tents, plastic sheets, water purifiers, water tanks and plastic water containers.

7. OCHA has released an emergency cash grant of USD 12,500, along with a Norwegian cash grant of USD 12,500 from the Grant Reserve administered by OCHA.

8. OCHA is in close contact with the United Nations Resident Coordinator's Office in Lima.

9. The ReliefWeb team has created a map on the floods in Peru at the following

10. This situation report, together with further information on ongoing emergencies, is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at

Telephone: +41-22-917 12 34
Fax: +41-22-917 00 23

In case of emergency only: Tel. +41-22-917 20 10

Desk Officers:
Mr. Erik Haegglund, Mr. Ricardo Mena, Ms. Masayo Kondo
Direct Tel. +41-22-917 3299 / 1455 / 1997

Press contact:
(GVA) - Ms. Elizabeth Byrs, direct Tel. +41-22-917 26 53
(N.Y.) - Ms. Stephanie Bunker, direct Tel. +1-212-963 87 40

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