Peru continues to receive support from international community

16:45 | Lima, Mar. 24.

Prime Minister Fernando Zavala on Friday underlined the international response to the thousands of heavy rain, landslide and flooding victims in Peru.

"We have received assistance from several countries […]. The Foreign Affairs Ministry is doing a good job transporting this international aid," he said.  


The Government of Canada has granted Peru more than S/1 million (over CA$412,868; US$308,594) in contribution for immediate humanitarian assistance to support emergency response efforts.

From said sum, CA$180,000 (about US$134,539) have been transferred to the Peruvian Red Cross to provide first aid, drinking water access, as well as essential supplies to victims. 
The remaining CA$262,500 (about US$196,203) were allocated to NGO Save the Children for humanitarian aid activities in Piura and Lambayeque regions. 

Resources will be used to distribute personal hygiene kits, school and emergency supplies. Funds will also serve to implement proper spaces for children in disaster zones, as well as to provide them with psychosocial support. 


Peru-based Chinese community's leading charity organization (Sociedad Central de Beneficiencia China) on Friday contributed 40 tons of food supplies for natural disaster victims.

Delivered in 6 truckloads, the relief comprised non-perishable food like rice, pulses, milk, oats, quinoa, noodles and instant soup.

"These supplies were bought with monetary donations. And we also have 12 branches in different regions, like northern Peru, assisting victims directly," said charity President Jorge Tay.

The contribution adds to a previous US$100,000 donation by the Red Cross Society of China for relief efforts. 


A Panamanian aircraft landed in Peru carrying tents to be used for temporary shelters for displaced citizens, as well as chemicals to purify much needed water.

Panama's Government is confident Peru's "strength and diligence" will lay the foundations to recover from the tragedy in the shortest time possible, its Foreign Affairs Ministry affirmed.


The Government of Switzerland has also expressed its solidarity towards Peruvian disaster-stricken citizens. 

The European nation announced humanitarian assistance for Peru's northern Piura and Lambayeque regions, the worst-hit by the onslaughts of nature.

Aid is to be realized through the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

The Swiss contribution will comprise safe water, personal hygiene kits, protection equipment, portable water purification plants, as well as technical assistance by water and rural sanitation experts.


Similarly, the Government of Japan will support Peru sending tents, blankets, mattresses, among others, for displaced victims.
Said aid will be delivered by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Japanese Embassy in Peru announced on Friday.


The Andean nation previously received generous contributions from Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Brazil, Argentina, China, the United States and Bolivia and Pope Francis. Paraguay has also offered its support and will deliver relief in the coming days.


Published: 3/24/2017