More than 625,000 people affected by severe flooding in northern Peru - International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

More than 625,000 people affected by severe flooding in northern Peru - International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

More than 625,000 people affected by severe flooding in northern Peru - International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Tens of thousands of people are affected, hundreds of thousands of people are affected and dozens have died in the worst floods that have affected Peru in decades.

According to the National Civil Defense Institute (INDECI), 75 people have died and 626,298 are affected, including more than 70,000 who have lost their homes. The floods, which began five days ago, as a result of record rains that have produced rivers overflowing, landslides that have destroyed crops, buildings and razing roads and bridges.

Heavy rains are expected until

The Peruvian Red Cross has activated emergency teams in Santa Ana, Chiclayo, Chimbo, San Jacinto and Tambo, communities affected by floods and landslides. Early and rapid assessments of these teams indicate that priority needs are refuge, water and sanitation, livelihoods, food security support, and emergency health care with emphasis on vector control and response to transmitted diseases For the water. Volunteers from the Peruvian Red Cross are providing first aid, pre-hospital care and restoration of family ties.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is monitoring the situation with the Peruvian Red Cross and prepared to offer their full support when required.

"The first Red Cross evaluations in the field show that the damage has been incredibly severe. Many people have lost everything. They will need support to rebuild their lives, "says Walter Cotte, Regional Director of the Federation for the Americas.

Follow @IFRC_en and @federation for updates.

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