To make a donation please go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charities/projectperu; we will ensure that any such donation goes to help flood victims. Without the additional funds we may not be able to do this.
As usual it is the most vulnerable and the most marginalised who are the most affected.
In March 2017 there has been massive flooding from the rivers in the Peruvian coastal desert from north to south due to excessive rain in the sierra. The sudden and abnormal warming of Pacific Ocean waters off the coast of Peru caused the deadliest downpours in a decade. The flooding is expected to continue for several more weeks. Peru's devastating crisis has led to at least 85 deaths and more than 13,000 people homes have collapsed with a further 14,000 currently uninhabitable. 195 bridges have collapsed and 2000 miles of roads destroyed. [estimated figures as at 26.3.17]. Landslides contaminated water treatment plants leaving parts of Lima without drinking water. Schools have been closed. Roads being cut off by landslides have caused scarcities of food and unsustainable price rises.
At short notice and in response to the state of emergency everyone in our Project Peru refuge contributed to load a car with water, food, toys for the children, clothes and more, which they took to Huarmey, in the Ancash region north of Lima, which was badly affected and had had very little help.
Luckily our own refuge is not near a river and we had taken precautions two years ago to prevent any major damage to our own buildings, particularly our dining room, and to some of the buildings in the shanty-towns near us: