The Americas response to Peru Coastal El Niño disaster

LIMA,PERÚ-MARZO 24. Con puente aéreo llevan ayuda humanitaria a zona altas del distrito de Quenocay Yauyos y evacúan afectados por huaico. Foto: ANDINA/Vidal Tarqui

11:09 | Lima, Mar. 30.

Peru currently faces the aftermath of torrential rains, floods, landslides and thunderstorms that left thousands of victims and exorbitant losses in infrastructure. Yet, it does not stand alone.

Countries from across the continent have joined humanitarian efforts for the Inca nation sending food, blankets, machinery, prefabricated bridges, water tanks, motor pumps, aircrafts and specialized emergency response teams. 

Below is a more detailed description of said aid based on Peru’s Foreign Affairs Ministry data. 


It sent two UH60 Colombian Air Force and two MI17 National Army helicopters to transport emergency staff and humanitarian assistance, each with a 7-member crew. 
The Colombian Government also sent an airplane bringing humanitarian aid: 1,000 food packages, 1,000 personal hygiene kits, 3,000 blankets, 3,000 canopies and 2,000 tents.
Total: 35.7 tons. 


It delivered 3,000 ready-to-eat food servings and 30,000 liters of water for Tumbes regional government. 
A request has been sent for prefabricated bridges and water tanks (on loan). Ecuador has also pledged 10,000 pairs of rubber boots. 


It sent an Argentinian Air Force C-130 Hercules plane for airlifting operations, mainly cargo and passengers. 
A team of 5 White Helmet experts has also arrived to provide assistance in water treatment. Likewise, the Argentinian Government donated purification tablets for 8 million liters of water and 1,000 blankets.   


It sent a Chilean Air Force C-130 Hercules plane carrying 18 tons of humanitarian aid (food, blankets, water and personal hygiene kits).
The aircraft will be replaced by another Hercules plane starting today to provide assistance for 10 more days.


A Brazilian Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft and two crews arrived on March 21 to help the national Air Force's airlifting operations for a week. 


It donated 300 personal hygiene kits, 300 kits of non-perishable food (each containing 2 packets of rice, sugar, noodles, bread, salt, oil and beans), 300 household cleaning kits, as well as 2,000 250-liter trash bags.  
Total: 13 tons.


It contributed 30 tents and 350 boxes of purification solution for 840,000 liters of water. 
Panama's Red Cross sent its Peruvian counterpart 4,000 plastic linings, 1 water and sanitation kit (for 5,000 beneficiaries), 1 water and sanitation kit (for 2,000 beneficiaries), 1,801 kitchen kits and 4,000 collapsible water cans.


It sent 1 military aircraft carrying 16 tons of humanitarian aid and 1 civil aircraft carrying 66 tons. 
Aid comprises oil (8,400 liters), rice (16,800 kg), sugar (8,400 kg), black beans (4,200 kg), milk (4,200 kg), pasta (16,800 kg), sardines (4,200 kg), tuna (4,200 kg), water (8 tons), canned sardines (5 tons), medicine and disposable materials (2 tons). Donations also include units of mats (328), blankets (761), diapers (308), sleeping sheets (461) and bath towels (201). 


Bolivia sent 8 tons of humanitarian aid. Relief consists of 2-liter water bottles, 26 water tanks (10,000 liters each) and 5 water tanks (5,000 liters each). 


Mexican Federal Police agents arrived in Lima on March 28 to assist natural disaster victims. The Mexican mission is composed of 31 rescue workers, nurses and a medical surgeon. 

Agents were also joined by Mexico's National Coordination of Civil Protection personnel and one official attached to the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team.


The U.S. announced an initial US$525,000 contribution for water and sanitation works in affected communities. Aid later reached US$1.5 million.

The country has also sent a team of seven emergency-response experts.


The Government of Canada has donated more than S/1 million (over CA$412,868; US$308,594) to the Peruvian Red Cross and NGO Save the Children.


Published: 3/30/2017
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