During the month of March, prolonged rainfall has caused severe river flooding, landslides and mud flows across Peru. Around 150,000 homes, including a lot of people’s businesses have been flooded. Approximately 1,250 schools and 340 health centers have suffered some type of damage. 24 of Peru’s 25 regions have reported damage, the most affected regions are: Lima, Piura, Lambayeque, Ica, Arequipa, Huancavelica, Ancash and Loreto.
As of March 25th, 2017, there have been reported the death of 90 people, about 40 people are injured and more than 15 people missing, cause of this climate phenomenon named “El Niño Costero.” As of right now more than 120.000 people have either lost their family, businesses or friends, the number keeps increasing due to the continuous floods and landslides which is making people move to other parts of Peru.
Aside from people losing their homes, massive landslides and floods are causing the loss of water.
Many Peruvians do not have access to water, some have to buy water from other people and the prices are very high. Unfortunately, many people do not have the money and resources to buy water. The loss of water is not only happening in the poorest regions of Peru, many of the districts of the capital have reported that they do not have access to water, some temporarily and others for a very long period of time.
Currently, Peru has been declared in state of emergency and the situation over there is not getting any better. Many companies have been helping people find shelters and places where they can stay and be helped but the number of affected people keeps increasing. There have been a few fundraisers here in the U.S. and even at UConn to help the victims of this chaotic situation. Recently, the Peruvian Student Association here at UConn along with the famous Peruvian restaurant Cora Cora and The Beta Lota Chapter of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Incorporated had a fundraiser to help raise funds for the many people affected by the floods. Many of these people organizing fundraisers at UConn are shocked with what’s happening over there, especially the ones that still have relatives or friends because they fear for the people they love, other people are compassionate and want to help those in need.
Even though I now live in the United States, I never forget where I came from. I still have family and friends over there and for me it’s very important that people are aware of what’s happening so they can get involved and help, any help is valuable because the situation over there is getting worse. Seeing families losing their homes, their relatives and their little businesses is very sad, especially when it all happens so suddenly.