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Saturday 22 April 2017

Flooding in Peru
Flooding in Peru

Throughout March, intense rains caused widespread flooding and landslides, leaving 94 dead and almost a quarter of a million homeless.

Thousands of families have been left without even basic shelter, losing their homes and their livelihoods.

But the recent flooding is nothing new for these families. Peru has been experiencing periods of heavy rainfall since 

December, and Peruvian authorities are calling this the worst El Niño-related flooding in recent history.   

The main affected areas are still neck-high deep in water, but as the relief efforts continue, more and more people will need our help. We cannot greet these families with empty hands.

Help us give hope to these families, and thousands more around the world, who have been robbed of their homes.

“Houses are full of the thick mud. Many houses built from less substantial materials have simply been destroyed.

Tim Vile - Response Team Member

ShelterBox response team member, Tim Vile, has just returned from visiting some of the worst affected areas in Peru.

'The only dry area is the embanked main road. I met a family who is living on the verge which is only about 2 metres wide at best. Without shelter from the sun or rains they try to live, eat and sleep on this narrow strip sandwiched between busy traffic and stagnant stinking water. With genuine tears, they told me that they had not had drinking water for some days but the tankers were now starting to deliver. They had to kill 2 snakes so far with the constant threat of more.

The smell is a combination of congealing river mud and stagnant water. It is the first thing you notice on arrival and lingers long after you’ve gone. However, I am reminded that to the affected people the smell is the least of their immediate concerns.'


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