Floods in Peru

The worst floods in decades has affected over one million people in Peru. In response, IFRC and the Peruvian Red Cross have launched an appeal to support 50,000 people in the worst affected areas.

The emergency – which followed three days of heavy rain on top of an usually heavy rainy season – has affected more than 800,000 people and claimed 85 lives with a further 20 people still missing. Flood waters have caused extensive damage, including to houses, medical and educational centres, and crops.

“This really is the worst disaster for the people of northern Peru in decades. Its severity – and the speed with which the waters came – surpassed the capacities of a population to cope,” said Michele Detomaso, the head of the IFRC team in Peru who took part in Red Cross assessment of flood affected areas this week.

The floods have affected…

More than 1 million people

212,966 households

108 health centres


63,600 ha of farmland


The IFRC appeal

The IFRC is seeking

4,740,589 Swiss francs

To assist

50,000 people

Over the next

12 months

Pictures: Edwin Jara and Fernando Gandarillas, IFRC

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