The United Church of Canada sends its deepest condolences to those who have lost loved ones, friends, and colleagues in Peru’s recent floods and landslides. The floods are reportedly the worst that Peru has suffered in many decades. News reports say at least 94 people have died, and as many as 700,000 are now homeless. Damage is estimated at US$3.1 billion

The United Church is a member of ACT Alliance, which has given more than US$149,000 to churches and agencies in Peru that are responding to the disaster. We are gathering information from churches and our partners (including ACT Alliance) in the affected regions to determine how to best respond.

Assistance is needed for emergency shelter as well as water, sanitation, and hygiene efforts because of the increased risk of acute diarrhea and disease outbreaks, including dengue and Zika virus.

A state of emergency and a health emergency is in effect in many of the country’s departments and one constitutional province. The emergency situation is expected to continue until the end of April, according to Peru’s National Office of Meteorology and Hydrography.

Please pray for all those impacted.

For more information, please contact:

Jim HodgsonProgram Coordinator Caribbean & Latin America Partnership Program416-231-7680 ext. 4013
1-800-268-3781 ext. 4013
jhodgson [at] united-church.ca