Peru: Red Cross teams respond to rain, floods and landslides
More than 625,000 people are grappling with severe flooding in northern Peru, as heavy rain continues to fall. The flooding is the result of record downpours that have engorged rivers, triggered landslides and washed away people, crops and buildings.
The Peruvian Red Cross has activated emergency teams in Santa Ana, Chiclayo, Chimbo, San Jacinto and Tambo—areas affected by the floods and mudslides. Red Cross volunteers are providing first aid, pre-hospital assistance and helping people connect with separated family members. Initial, rapid assessments from these teams indicate priority needs include shelter, water and sanitation, livelihood and food security support, and emergency healthcare with an emphasis on mosquito control and responding to water-borne diseases.
“The first assessments from the Red Cross on the ground show that damage has been incredibly severe. Many people have lost everything. They will need support to rebuild their lives,” says Walter Cotte of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
Tens of thousands of people are homeless and more than 70 people have been killed in the worst flooding to hit the South American country in decades.
American Red Cross team members based in Peru have been assisting with preliminary assessments and coordination efforts. Meanwhile the global Red Cross network is scaling up with resources on standby to support the Peruvian Red Cross.
Media interviews available. Contact:
Diana Medina (Panama), International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, +507 6780 5395
Jenelle Eli (Washington DC), American Red Cross, 24/7 media line: +1 202-303-5551
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.
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