Peru: President visits quake-affected areas for second day in a row

Photo: ANDINA/Presidency of the Republic

Photo: ANDINA/Presidency of the Republic

10:32 | Bagua (Amazonas region), Nov. 29.

The President of the Republic Pedro Castillo on Monday morning held a coordination meeting aimed at reviewing the deployment of actions in areas affected by the 7.5 magnitude quake that hit Amazonas region in early hours of Sunday.

The meeting, held in El Milagro district, was attended by Ministers Juan Carrasco (Defense), Geiner Alvarado (Housing, Construction, and Sanitation), and Juan Silva (Transportation).

It also saw the presence of the head of the Joint Command of the Armed Forces, Manuel Gomez de La Torre, as well as military commanders. The gathering was held at Vencedores del Cenepa barracks.

After the meeting, the country's top official boarded a helicopter towards Santa Maria de Nieva, a locality in the province of Condorcanqui (Amazonas region).

As is known, a strong quake of magnitude 7.5 struck the northern region of Amazonas early on Sunday, as reported by the seismological center of the Geophysical Institute of Peru (IGP).

The seismic event occurred at 05:52 a.m. (local time) at a depth of 131 km and its epicenter was located 98 km east of the town of Santa Maria de Nieva, in Nieva district (Condorcanqui province), near the border with Ecuador.

The quake was felt with intensity VII in Santa Maria de Nieva, as well as in Chachapoyas —the capital of the region. In addition, due to its large magnitude, it was also felt in Peruvian capital Lima and various cities across the country.

After the earth tremor, President Castillo traveled to Amazonas region to meet —in situ— the needs of the most affected communities.

Before that, he held a meeting with officials of the National Emergency Operations Center (COEN) to assess the situation and noted that his Government will support those affected and will act to cope with the material damage.


Publicado: 29/11/2021