Worst Floods in Decades
Torrential rains in Northern Peru and the capital city of Lima forced rivers to overflow, generating mudslides and flash flooding which authorities have called the worst seen in two decades. The flooding caused extensive damage to infrastructure and affected approximately 1.2 million people, including 155,000 displaced. The death toll reached 85 following the intense rains and flooding.
Our Emergency Team has been working with our partners in Peru with Americares providing more than $7.8 million in emergency assistance and launched two mobile medical units in the La Libertad department. Two more medical teams are working in Piura. To date, the teams have conducted more than 5,000 patient consultations. Cases of vector borne disease is rapidly escalating including dengue and Chikungunya with nearly 6,000 confirmed and 16,000 suspected cases of dengue already reported. A sanitary alert has been declared in several affected departments as the risk of water-borne disease continues.