Peru: Severe Cold and Snowstorms OCHA Situation Report No. 3

Situation Report
Originally published
Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2004/115
OCHA Situation Report No. 3
Peru - Severe Cold and Snowstorms
3 August 2004


1. According to recent reports from the National Institute of Civil Defense, as of the 31 July, the number of provinces affected by severe cold and snowstorms has risen from 44 to 52 in the departments of Puno, Cuzco, Arequipa, Moquegua y Tacna (South of Peru) and the departments of Apurimac and Ayacucho (Central highlands of Peru).

2. According to the latest reports of Civil Defence, the number of people affected has risen from 158,836 to 337,467. The cumulated number of dead reported by hospitals of the Ministry of health in the departments affected, reached 90; 3,428 houses have been destroyed.

3. There have been severe losses in cattle (mostly in llama and alpaca herds) that are the main food sources in the highland communities. The updated number of reported dead animal heads (llamas and alpacas and sheep) has risen to 143,773. About 300,000 hectares of food crops have been destroyed and 347,000 hectares have been affected.

4. Access to the affected areas continues to be difficult due to the cut-off roads and to the altitude. Some scattered rural communities in the Andes (above 4,000 meters) can still not be reached at all by road.

National Response

5. The National Institute for Civil Defense (INDECI) has informed us that the Government has initiated the provision of food supplies, blankets, plastic rolls, tents, clothing and food for the areas affected. So far 140,000 kg of clothing and 18,000 kg of food supplies have been delivered from the National Institute of Civil Defense Emergency Storehouses to the most affected population.

6. 107,000 Kg of food supplies have been distributed by the National Program of Food Support (PRONAA) in 29 provinces (in a total of 95 districts).

7. Ministry of Health has deployed health brigades in the provinces affected to provide on-site medical care in the rural communities and to do epidemiological monitoring. In the Department of Apurimac alone, the brigades have reported 357 cases of Severe Infectious Respiratory Diseases in children.

International response

8. Following a field assessment mission in Puno, WFP has allocated USD 175,000 in support of the emergency. The support consists of 307 ton of cereals, 33 ton of vegetable oil, 38 ton of sugar for 17,600 beneficiaries in Puno. UNICEF has sent through the Ministry of Health 2,000 warm clothing and blankets for children under one year, 500 heavy clothes to UNICEF Office in Apurimac, and organized in Lima a stockpile of 2,500 pneumonia treatments.

9. US Southern Command has donated USD 475,000 in humanitarian support.

10. USAID has donated USD 500,000 to the National Commission of South-American Camels (CONACS) for the construction of animal shelters in rural communities in Puno.

11. Swiss cooperation has signed an Agreement with the Regional Government of Cuzco in order to supply USD 20,000 of veterinary medicines.

12. After a joint UN assessment visit to two of the areas affected (Puno and Apurimac) UN Agencies are channeling USD 73,500 from OCHA, the Government of Norway and Denmark and USD 50,000 from UNDP-BCPR. In coordination with UNDP, these funds will be used to provide clothing and boots for 4,000 children. In addition with the support of UNICEF and PAHO, the UNCT will acquire 4,200 kits of medicines that will complement national efforts of the health brigades of the Ministry of Health. With the support of WFP 52 ton of food supplies for 60 days will be provided to attend to 3,500 people.

13. UNDMT is also supporting the Peruvian Government for a donor's roundtable to be held in the second week of august. The roundtable will present donors a portfolio of projects for responding to for attending the emergency and to start the productive rehabilitation of the affected areas.

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

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