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 has caused extensive damage to infrastructure and affected approximately 1.2 million people, including 155,000 displaced. The death toll stands at 85 since the intense rains and flooding began.
Our Emergency Team has been working with our partners in Peru with Americares providing more than $7.8 million in emergency assistance and launching two mobile medical units in the La Libertad department who have conducted nearly 400 patient consultations to date. Cases of vector borne disease is rapidly escalating including dengue and Chikungunya. A sanitary alert has been declared in several affected departments as the risk of water-borne disease continues to intensify.