This year winter arrived early in Peru. Temperatures up to 19 degrees Celsius below zero have been registered, leading to people dying of cold, especially in Puno, Arequipa, Moquegua, and Tacna.
Due to this situation, that comes along snow and frost, as well as respiratory diseases in children and elderly people, the government has decided on a plan to help the population.
The most affected are the ones living in rural populations and in extreme poverty, said El Peruano, and also agriculture and livestock suffer from the situation.
The strategy the government has developed is called the “Multi-Sectoral Plan for Frost 2018, which coordinates the interventions of the national government in the districts prioritized for frost and cold”, wrote the aforementioned media.
The plan privileges the intervention in 14 regions and the purpose is to mitigate the climate effects that affect more than 350,000 people in the high Andean areas.
“On June 13, the government declared a state of emergency, for a period of 60 calendar days, to 55 districts, 27 provinces and 11 regions of the country, due to the imminent danger because of the presence of frost and snowfall. The objective is to carry out actions to reduce the high risk, as well as the attention of those affected”, said El Peruano.
A few weeks later, on June 22, the Executive issued a supreme decree which also declares a state of emergency for 122 other districts in the departments of Apurímac, Arequipa, Ayacucho, Cusco, Huancavelica, Huánuco, Pasco, Puno and Tacna, for the impact of damages as a result of frost and snowfall.
As part of the immediate actions taking place, there is the distribution of pneumococcal and influenza vaccines, special kits for students to generate body heat while doing recreational activities, and the thermal conditioning of homes as part of the Mi Abrigo program.