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UN agencies in Colombia and Peru stepping up response efforts in aftermath of devastating floods and landslides

Fotoğraf: Mónica Suarez Galindo/UNDP Peru Ofisi

Photo: Mónica Suarez Galindo/UNDP Peru

 

The United Nations and humanitarian partners in Peru are expected today to launch an appeal for $39.2 million to provide urgently needed aid to people affected by the latest flooding in Peru.

The funds will be used to assist more than 400,000 people battling high waters and landslides from rains that began in early March.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said the priority areas covered by the appeal include shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene, food and early recovery.

More than 2.5 million people are susceptible to new landslides and vector-borne disease.

Meanwhile, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reported earlier this week that the floods continue to put the lives of thousands of children in danger. UNICEF Peru is supporting the Government to protect those affected.

In a situation report , the agency said the northern department of Piura has been worst hit by the natural disaster and continues to be pounded with rain. The Government declared a National State of Emergency for Piura on 29 March, calling on the international community to offer assistance.

The numbers of those affected is rising and is expected to continue to do so over the coming weeks. Around two million children remain out of school, putting their education and protection at risk.

Flooding is also reported in neighbouring Colombia, where three rivers surrounding the southern city of Mocoa overflowed, flattening homes and bridges.

Responding to the devastating landslides in Colombia’s Mocoa municipality that have claimed at least 300 lives, left more than 370 missing, and destroyed hospitals and infrastructure, United Nations relief agencies have stepped up their response to alleviate humanitarian suffering among the affected people.

“[We] know the emergency area and are supporting the Colombian Government, which established a unified response centre in the municipality to coordinate national and international support,” Alejandro Guidi, the head of UN International Organization for Migration (IOM) operations in the country said in a news release.

 

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