Peru Flood Response

Widespread flooding and severe rains in Peru began intensifying towards the beginning of February 2017; this lead to landslides, floods, flashfloods and mud flows in 24 of the 25 affected regions. As flooding and heavy rainfall continues, 101 people have been killed to date and an estimated 950,000 people have been affected or displaced from their homes. On 22 March, 2017, our immediate response team began assessing conditions in the Eastern region of Peru, and identified great need for assistance in the town of Huarmey, where countless homes and schools were found to be filled with up to one meter of mud. At the request of Care Perú and other local entities, our immediate assistance was also required in the coordination of volunteers in the city of Piura, resulting in us taking a two-pronged approach in order to meet as many of the tremendous needs as possible: managing the Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) in Piura while simultaneously operating in the town of Huarmey to return children to school by building temporary learning centers.