Update: Peru floods

  1. A flooded plain in Cusco, Peru, after heavy rains in January 2010.
  2. The aftermath of a mudslide in Cusco, Peru, January 2010.
  3. The aftermath of a mudslide in Cusco, Peru. Heavy rains damaged thousands of buildings in the region in January 2010.
  4. World Vision staff pack relief supplies, ready to respond to the needs of families affected by the January 2010 flooding in Cusco, Peru.
  5. All smiles. A World Vision distribution point in Cusco, Peru, following the January 2010 flooding.
  6. A boy stands in floodwater at a school in Cusco, Peru, after heavy rains and mudslides affected thousands in January 2010.

Since January 2010, flooding in Peru has killed 20 people, injured dozens and affected hundreds of families. Thousands of homes have been destroyed, and electricity, water and sewage and communications networks have been damaged. The government has declared a state of emergency and officials say the floods are the worst to hit the country in years. World Vision is providing assistance to affected families.

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Background

Heavy rains and mudslides in Peru’s Cusco region since January have killed 20 people, injured dozens and affected hundreds of families. Thousands of homes have been destroyed, as have bridges and schools. Electricity, water and sewage and communications networks have been damaged.

The flooding has sparked concerns for increased incidence of waterborne and respiratory illnesses. All tourists have been evacuated from the area. Neighbouring regions such as Puno, Ayacucho and Huancavelica have also been affected and the government has declared a state of emergency, as has the government of Bolivia.

Officials say the floods are the worst to hit the country in years.

World Vision’s response

World Vision staff are rapidly responding to the situation in coordination with local authorities and are distributing food, clothing, blankets and mattresses to affected families. Assessments will continue as more information flows in from affected areas. Child protection is an important part of any World Vision emergency response.

Children sponsored by Australians

World Vision will continue to monitor the safety and wellbeing of all sponsored children. Please be assured that if we receive information of concern regarding any sponsored children we will contact sponsors immediately.

How you can help

Support for the Disaster Ready fund enables World Vision to prepare for emergencies by pre-stocking and positioning life-saving supplies and ensuring trained staff are available to be on the scene quickly, to respond to emergencies.

Find out more about our Disaster Ready fund or donate now.