Peru hit by floods and landslides

The Caritas Cusco team are responding to floods and landslides, getting aid to those in need.


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Torrential rains have caused a state of emergency in Cusco and Apurimac in Peru with floods and landslides affecting over 2000 people.

Buildings have collapsed and road and rail transport has been seriously affected. Much of the province of Anta has been seriously hit by the flooding.

Part of the area is home to the Machu Picchu Incan ruins, and the floods have trapped both tourists and residents. The government has declared a 60 day state of emergency.

Archbishop Juan Antonio Ugarte Pérez of Cusco called for prayers for the residents.“We need to organize ourselves to confront the emergency together,” he said.

Caritas Cusco, the diocesan Caritas, is sending supplies such as food, medicine, clothing and electric blankets “to those families that have lost everything.”
Caritas Cusco delivered its first load of aid on January 25 to the town of Izcuchaca, where 50 families have been left homeless.

“Considering that the emergency is growing as well as the number of those affected, no amount of aid is sufficient,” said Archbishop Ugarte.



Inundaciones y deslizamientos de tierra en Perú

Lluvias torrenciales en Perú han provocado el estado de emergencia, concretamente en Cusco y Apurimac. Las inundacione y los deslizamientos de tierra han afectado a unas 2000 personas.

Numerosos edificios se han derrumbado, los transportes por carretera y ferrocarril se han visto seriamente perjudicados. La mayor parte de la provincia de Anta ha registrado serios daños, por las inundaciones.

En esa zona se encuentra el recinto arqueológico inca del Machu Picchu y las inundaciones han dejado atrapados a turistas y residentes. El Gobierno ha declarado el estado de emergencia por 60 días.

El Arzobispo de Cusco, Mons. Juan Antonio Ugarte Pérez, ha exhortado a la oración por los residentes:”Necesitamos organizarnos para poder hacer frente juntos a la emergencia. La Caritas diocesana de Cusco está enviando ayuda alimentaria, medicinas, ropa y mantas eléctricas, para aquellas familias que lo han perdido todo”, dijo el Prelado.

Caritas Cusco distribuyó su primera carga de ayuda el pasado 25 de enero, en la localidad de Izcuchaca, donde 50 familias se quedaron sin techo.

“Considerando que la emergencia está creciendo, así como el número de damnificados, toda la ayuda disponible parece ser insuficiente”, dijo Mons. Ugarte.

3 Comments

Filed under Conflicts and Disasters, Emergencies, Latin America, Peru

3 responses to “Peru hit by floods and landslides

  1. Evelyn Cyr

    I’m very concern about the people in Cusco, Puno and Apurimac. I live in Vancouver Canada and I want to help in this situation. Please reply to me and let me know what I can do.

  2. Evelyn Cyr

    Evelyn Cyr from Vancouver B.C. is worry about the people in Cusco, Puno and Apurimac. Please let me know what I can do to help. email: evitacyr@hotmail.com

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