Floods in the North Coast of Peru

Floods in the North Coast of Peru

  • Overview

    The El Niño coastal phenomenon, triggered by the increase in sea surface temperature, has caused continuous rainfall in Peru in February and March which has led to 12 departments and one constitutional province, particularly on the northern coast, being declared under emergency. According to official forecasts, it will continue until the end of April with moderate magnitude. As a result of this situation, the state of emergency will continue and the number of the severely affected people would increase.

    Needs have been identified in the following sectors: housing; water, basic sanitation and hygiene; health; food security and nutrition; protection, early recovery and livelihoods. In the four most affected departments, 59 per cent of the population impacted faces food insecurity. Preliminary official reports indicate that 32,627 homes are destroyed or uninhabitable and nearly 200,000 homes are affected.

    The United Nations and humanitarian partners in Peru has issued a Flash Appeal for the North Coast of Peru, urgently requiring US$38.3 million to support 320,000 people for the next six months in Ancash, La Libertad, Lambayeque, Piura and Tumbes. The number of people affected from this event is over one million.

    How can the private sector help? The Business Guide developed for this emergency gives further guidance.

    The Flash Appeal outlines humanitarian needs, strategic objectives and cluster response plans, and complements the Government of Peru’s long-term rehabilitation plan to be implemented within the next 90 to 120 days.

    You can contribute to the

    For businesses wishing to contribute to the relief efforts by providing in-kind goods or services, please write to pss@un.org.

    If your offer is commercial in nature, please refer to the UN Global Marketplace for more information.

    OCHA manages the Financial Tracking Service (FTS), which records all reported humanitarian contributions including cash and in-kind donations. Its aim is to record the total amount of funding and resource gaps in humanitarian crises. To give credit and visibility for your generosity please report your contributions to fts@un.org and pss@un.org.

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    Donate cash via the UN Central Emergencies Response Fund

    To speed up humanitarian relief efforts, the UN has set up a central humanitarian fund — the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) — collecting contributions to help ensure that funds are on-hand to allow the UN to save lives quickly. Donate now

    Other Responses

    You are welcome to propose other ways of providing support in response to this humanitarian crisis. To ensure your offer has the greatest chance of being utilised, it will be sent to a wider group of organisations that are active in the humanitarian relief operations, including UN agencies and charities / NGOs.

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