El Niño Costero affected 1.7 million people in 24 departments of Peru, hitting the north and central coastal areas. Many are still in a state of suffering.
There are still some areas in a state of emergency due to heavy rains, some of them include Tumbes, Piura, Lambayeque, La Libertad, Ancash, Lima, and Ica. The National Civil Protection Institute of Peru estimates that 159 people have died and 18 are still missing. Regarding material damages, nearly 403,000 houses collapsed and are uninhabitable or heavily damaged. This crisis regarding houses has led to 19,212 people having to live in tents or shelters, and 3,222 schools and 998 health centers were destroyed.
Since the crisis began, the Peruvian Red Cross has successfully provided humanitarian help to the people affected, through relief distributions, and provision of water, sanitation and hygiene support. Although it may look like a recent problem, the crisis actually began in January 2017, when heavy rains began and river water overflowed causing flooding that devastated houses along with other consequences.
While people living in remote communities such as Malingas and Tambogrande were immediately evacuated due to storms but they returned to find out their crops and houses were destroyed by the flooding.
The local government has forbidden the community to rebuild houses in areas of high risk, to reduce their vulnerability to future flooding. In this case, families need to reallocate in order to avoid a similar situation in the future.
Do you think affected families will be able to overcome this situation?
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