Update: Peru floods
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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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.