More than 40 tons of relief items sent by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) arrived in Lima today. The flight is the first shipment of international aid sent by a humanitarian organization.
The aid consists of kitchen kits, water and sanitation kits, jerrycans, rain-resistant protective films and water treatment equipment; which will be delivered to people affected by the emergency as part of the response actions of the Peruvian Red Cross.
Peruvian Red Cross has been working since January in the most affected areas. So far almost 2,000 volunteers have been mobilized at national level, and IFRC technicians are on the ground carrying out relief work. Health and hygiene kits have been delivered to 817 families in the provinces of Chiclayo, Ferrenafe and Lambayeque.
The IFRC and the Peruvian Red Cross launched an emergency appeal for 3.9 million Swiss francs ($ 4 million) to support 50,000 people in the most affected departments of Piura, Tumbes, Lambayeque and La Libertad; and the work in health, psychosocial support, water and sanitation, shelter, food security, livelihoods, and restoring family links is planned for the coming days as part of this response.
Another cargo with relief supplies is expected to arrive to Peru by sea in the coming days.