Heavy rainfalls are causing severe flooding and landslides across Peru and have affected 783,000 people since December 2016. As of 20 March 2017, 24 of Peru’s 25 regions and over 111,000 people have lost everything, while 672,000 have been affected in one way or another in their livelihoods or dwelling. A state of emergency has been declared in twelve regions.
Over 80 people have died, 27,000 houses have been damaged and 7,000 hectares of agricultural land have been destroyed. Damaged highways, bridges and railways hinder the flow of aid and have left several towns isolated. The outage of electrical services and the collapse of the water and sewage systems in several regions caused public health concerns.
On 22 March 2017 the Government of Peru requested WFP’s support, in the form of logistics and food security experts, to assist the local authorities in implementing a coordinated and effective logistics and food security response to the disaster.
Through this Special Operation WFP aims to provide its logistics and programmatic expertise to assist the Government of Peru, in establishing a logistics coordination mechanism as well as effective emergency supply chains for enabling their Cash Based Transfers and delivery of in-kind assistance. WFP will also provide technical assistance on the assessment and identification of beneficiaries, and advice on nutrition and ration sizes on different population groups, in particular women and children.