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Peru: State ministers coordinate actions in response to Madre de Dios floods

10:29 | Puerto Maldonado (Madre de Dios region), Mar. 2.

Ministers Gabriel Quijandria (Environment) and Federico Tenorio (Agrarian Development and Irrigation) held a meeting with local authorities in Madre de Dios to implement actions aimed to mitigate the damage caused by floods in farming areas of said region.

During the meeting, held on Monday at the Regional Emergency Operations Center (COER), the Executive Branch representatives met with Madre de Dios Governor Luis Hidalgo and his management team to gain insight into the situation and demands of the people affected due to the overflow of Inambari, Tambopata, and Madre de Dios rivers.

At the meeting, the Environment sector's head stated that immediate response involving the delivery of humanitarian goods was positive.

"We are working to speed up the efforts in view of this situation. The amount of humanitarian aid that has been collected is even higher. We have received 83 tons, more than the 53 tons that we expected," he pointed out.

Moreover, he stressed the need of a medium- and long-term land-use planning approach to prevent future events.

Delivery of humanitarian goods

A total of 83.7 tons of humanitarian aid goods has so far been delivered to the people affected by floods in Madre de Dios, through the National Civil Defense Institute (Indeci).

The delivery of goods has surpassed expectations. Around 60 tons of foodstuffs have been handed over in provinces, which surpassed the formal request of 53 tons made by the Regional Government of Madre de Dios to Indeci.

As for non-food items, around 24 tons have been delivered, including tents, blankets, mattresses, buckets, cooking utensils, and personal hygiene items.

(END) NDP/TMC/JOT/MVB

Publicado: 2/3/2021
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