Heavy rains have created emergencies in Peru and Ecuador. Rains are expected to continue through the weekend.
In Peru, 12 departments have been declared under a state of emergency for risks from the rising Amazon Rivers. Another seven departments have been declared under state of Sanitary Emergency due to worsening health risks.
The latest report from Peru’s National Civil Defence Institute (INDECI) indicates 111,098 people have suffered total loss, 666,534 people affected, 269 people injured, 20 people missing and 84 people killed.
Assessments are ongoing in affected areas of Peru to better determine the scale of the needs and damages.
A 10 member United Nations Disaster Coordination Team (UNDAC) arrived in Peru on 20 March and are currently carrying-out rapid assessments with the Humanitarian Country Team until 27 March.
In Ecuador, the Government has declared a state of emergency for four provinces. Some 33,393 people have been affected and 22 shelters are open.
111,098 People have suffered total losses
84 People killed
12,987 Houses uninhabitable
12,985km Roads affected
7,000 Hectares agricultural crops lost
1,001 Educational institutions affected
Persistent rains continue in the northern and central parts of the Peru and are expected to continue unto 25 March.
The heavy rains have caused infrastructure damage in Peru with 12,987 houses collapsed, 13,974 houses uninhabitable and 149,541 houses damaged. The majority of the people are living with friends and neighbours.
At least 35 educational institutions have collapsed, 410 are uninhabitable and 1,239 are damaged. Eleven health facilities have collapsed, 17 are uninhabitable and 70 are damaged.
The Ministry of Health (MINSA) reports that more than 13,172 people have sought medical attention in 370 districts of eleven regions that are under a state of emergency. Of the 3,722 health facilities in the emergency zones, about 99 per cent are operational and have the essential medicines.
Road infrastructure throughout the country has suffered damage, which is hampering national transport: 6,986 km of paved roads and 5,909 km of rural roads have been destroyed or damaged, while 194 bridges are destroyed and 322 are damaged.
A 10 member United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination Team (UNDAC) arrived in Peru on 20 March to support the Resident Coordinator and the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT). The UNDAC team is currently supporting the HCT in multi-cluster/sector rapid assessment missions in the departments of Lambayeque, Lima and Piura Provinces until 27 March. The analysis of the assessment will help to determine the severity of the crisis and the priority areas for assistance.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent has launched an appeal for 3.9 million CHF (USD 3.9 million) to assist 50,000 people.
The Government of Ecuador declared a state of emergency for the provinces of Esmeraldas, Guayas, Manabi and Santa Elena) and an orange alert for the provinces of El Oro, Loja and Los Rios. Sixteen people have died, 1,181 people have suffered total loss and 33,393 people are affected. Twenty-two temporary shelters have been opened in nine provinces and are hosting 64 families.
Preliminary needs are for potable water, medical assistance, temporary shelter, food and protection. The Government, through the Secretary of Risk Management, has delivered humanitarian assistance kits and potable water. The Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) is monitoring the situation and partners (Plan International and World Vision) have distributed food and hygiene kits in in the affected provinces (Manabí and Esmeraldas).
- UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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