Humanitarian world news: Peru’s deadly floods

Peru’s deadly floods continue to worsen. More than 75 people have died and 100,000 driven from their homes after weeks of heavy rain triggered widespread flooding and mudslides up and down the coast.

The strongest rains in decades have affected almost 650,000 people countrywide and have hit the northern region particularly hard. Thousands of buildings are damaged or destroyed, including more than 1,200 miles of roads and 175 bridges.

This video of a woman miraculously escaping from a flowing river of mud and debris shows the magnitude of the disaster near Lima.

Peru's deadly floods keep getting worse. A swollen Rímac River rages through neighborhoods at the base of a mountain an hour east of Lima. Flooding and mudslides threaten people’s homes after months of rain have saturated the ground around them. (©2017 World Vision/photo by Carol Atencio)
Peru's deadly floods keep getting worse. A swollen Rímac River rages through neighborhoods at the base of a mountain an hour east of Lima. Flooding and mudslides threaten people’s homes after months of rain have saturated the ground around them. (©2017 World Vision/photo by Carol Atencio)

World Vision is responding to needs in Piura, Lambayeque, La Libertad, Ancash, and Lima. Staff on the ground are providing affected families with food, hygiene kits, clothing, and supplies for temporary shelter. We are also setting up Child-Friendly Spaces, which give children a place to play, do homework, or receive counseling support.

More than 1,800 children registered in World Vision’s sponsorship program in La Libertad and Ancash are affected, according to our latest reports from the country. Some of them lost their homes.

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