Country: Peru

Peru: Communities still suffering after coastal El Niño crisis

According to the statistics the phenomenon “El Niño Costero” affected 1.7 million people in 24 departments of Peru, hitting the north and centre coastal areas the hardest. Due to heavy rains, storms and hail the regions of Tumbes, Piura, Lambayeque, La Libertad, Ancash, Lima and Ica are still facing emergency challenges. The National Civil Protection Institute of Peru estimates that 159 people have died and 18 are still missing. Nearly 403,000 houses collapsed and are uninhabitable or damaged. Some 19,212 people are living in tents or shelters, and 3,222 schools and 998 health centres were destroyed. Since the crisis...

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Peru floods: an epic quest to deliver a very simple message

A deep carpet of mud unrolled, forcing its way through streets, houses and walls. It was violent and unrelenting. Braulio Villegas was at home with his wife, his two children, a brother, and other family members that night. They, like many others in the town, had to run from the flood.

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Mosquito-borne diseases likely to rise in aftermath of Peru floods

Panama/Geneva, 6 April 2017 – Conditions are ripe for an increase in dengue and other mosquito-borne and water-related diseases in areas worst affected by flooding in northern Peru, according to a Red Cross and Red Crescent initial assessment of health needs. Record heavy rains have triggered landslides and widespread flooding, affecting more than one million of people and creating conditions that are perfect for the spread of the mosquito Aedes aegypti. This mosquito carries dengue which is endemic in the north of Peru, as well as Chikungunya and Zika. The situation is expected to get steadily worse with meteorological agencies predicting continued heavy rainfall over the coming weeks. This will make it difficult to clear mud and stagnant water, will impede efforts to repair damaged water and sewage networks, and will further complicate access to the affected areas which is already hampered by damaged road infrastructure. “The situation is really worrying. We expect that the number of cases of dengue, chikungunya and Zika will increase over the next few days, complicating the response and recovery efforts in affected communities,” said María Tallarico, Regional Health Coordinator for the Americas, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). “Water deposits and the general unsanitary conditions create perfect conditions for the spread of these illnesses, along with other diseases such as leptospirosis.” The Piura Regional Directorate of Health has already...

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