BALTIMORE—Lutheran World Relief is providing relief supplies and support for longer-term recovery to families impacted by the El Niño-fed rainfall in Peru that has caused deadly and destructive flooding and mudslides along the coastline since January.
LWR is assisting communities in the province of Trujillo, located north of the capital city of Lima, with the help of a $500,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and with fundraising support from International Relief Teams, TCHO Chocolate and Lutherans in the United States. LWR is coordinating with the ACT Alliance, a faith-based humanitarian network, and is working with a local Peruvian partner, CEDEPAS Norte to implement its response.
LWR is distributing emergency relief supplies, including tents, inflatable mattresses, mosquito nets, mosquito repellent, hygiene and sanitation kits, water purification tablets, and tools for cleaning debris. The agency is also coordinating with Caritas Peru for a shipment of school kits, personal hygiene kits, baby kits, sewing kits and quilts from LWR’s Mission Quilt and Project Promise programs.
The partnership with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will enable LWR to extend its response by providing cash support for up to 880 poor, rural families that will help in addressing their immediate needs.
The weather pattern, triggered by a caused spike in the surface temperature of the ocean brought by the El Niño current, has brought torrential rains that caused devastating floods and mudslides in 24 out of the 25 regions in the country. The relentless water and mud, carrying dangerous debris, have destroyed roads, bridges, businesses and homes as well as crucial farmland. The rains could continue as late as May.