Red Cross responds to cold wave in Peru

Published: 8 August 2015 23:25 CET

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has approved Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) for the operation of Peruvian Red Cross in response to the cold wave in the Andean region. These funds are intended to support 620 affected families in the districts Ananea, Quilcapunko, Sina and Putina, in the province of San Antonio de Putina.

Since May, several communities have been affected by a meteorological phenomenon causing low temperatures, heavy snowfall and frost. In some places, temperatures reached -15° C and there have been snowstorms and hail. These low temperatures severely affects the lives and health of the population, as well as basic services, livelihoods (livestock and agriculture) and infrastructure.

Approximately 200,620 people are affected. According to the National Civil Defence Institute, 65,834 animals are reported dead and 938,813 animals have been affected. In terms of agriculture, 1,162 hectares of crops have been lost, and 1,894 hectares have suffered damages.

The National Meteorology and Hydrology Service of Peru (SENAMHI is its acronym Spanish) reports that temperatures will continue dropping in August and September, especially in the central and southern highlands, which can worsen the already complicated situation lived in these communities.

Actions of Peruvian Red Cross

The Peruvian Red Cross branch in San Antonio de Putina has responded through coordination with the Provincial regional emergency operation centre (COER in Spanish) to identify families affected by frosts in district provinces.

In addition, a member of the Peruvian Red Cross National Intervention Team (NIT) was deployed to perform a damage assessment and distribute humanitarian aid supplies to the affected areas.

The Peruvian Red Cross, through its National President and volunteers from the San Antonio de Putina branch, and in coordination with the San Antonio de Putina municipal government, mobilized humanitarian aid for 450 families, consisting of food kits, shelter, tarpaulins, blankets, cleaning kits and polar blankets. Likewise, coordination was maintained with various Humanitarian Network organizations at the national level.

The overall objective of the Plan is providing humanitarian assistance through health promotion, delivery of humanitarian aid and livelihoods protection.


For more detailed information, please see the Emergency Plan of Action.