“It’s designed to help herder families protect their lives and livelihoods during periods of extreme cold, and would be triggered by a five-day forecast that will give the Red Cross almost as long to act before the onset of extreme cold”, the Climate Centre website said on an article.
The communities that live in high altitudes depend almost entirely on their alpaca herds, who can be affected by harsh winters.
“It’s intended to help move ‘humanitarian action from response to anticipation – a shift that could save lives and dramatically reduce costs compared to traditional emergency relief,” the IFRC said.
Last year, several regions in Peru suffered from extreme cold weathers, as well as heavy snow.
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