Flooding in Peru and Helping the Community
Our NPH Peru home reports that they are safe and lends a hand to help those in need.
March 24, 2017 - Peru
Since March 15th, the Peruvian coastal region has suffered significant damages from flooding caused by heavy rainfall and natural disasters. Central and northern Peru, as well as the capital city of Lima have been greatly impacted.
The areas that have suffered most are the northern part of Peru, which has seen extensive, continuous rainfall throughout the past month. Many local habitants have lost everything they own, including their homes, land, livestock and in some cases their family members. In the most affected zones there is no running tap water, a lack of food and damaged roads, which makes it difficult to send help and supplies to those who need it most.
The updated numbers show:
99,475 people have lost everything
626,298 people have been affected by landslides
20 people are missing
10,538 flooded homes
12,123 homes with severe damages
134,125 homes with water damage
Also in the province of Cañete, where the home of NPH Peru is located, some inhabitants of different districts have been experiencing damages due to landslides and the overflow of rivers. Just five minutes away from our home, the riverbanks overflowed with water and flooded the streets and homes.*
Those affected are asking for help to reconstruct their homes, as well as for water and food. The entire population is joining in solidarity to help the victims. But there is still more help needed to reach the high number of affected people.
The home of NPH Peru is surrounded by irrigation ditches that serve to irrigate the fields next to our land. We could also be affected by flooding if these irrigation ditches prove too small to transport all the water at once. So we took precautionary measures to prevent the overflow of water. We bought shovels and rubber boots to start to work on the maintenance of these irrigation ditches. With the help of the staff and youths of our home, we cleaned the ditches and dug them deeper. To prevent water from entering, we filled sacks with sand and placed them on the edge of the irrigation ditches as well as in front of the doors of each house.
Because of the severe situation in some flooded regions, we have been affected by the lack of goods in the markets and by the elevation of food costs. To make sure that we will be able to provide food for our children, we already bought some of the products that don´t expire soon to stock up and cover us up to the month of April. But not all products are available or have affordable prices at the moment. This is disconcerting because we have 115 children, adolescents and young adults who we need to provide food for every day.
As Father William Wasson taught us and as part of the NPH philosophy, we also wanted to help others who have been affected. The children, youths and staff decided to help our brothers and sisters affected by the natural disaster in the north of our country. We collected money, donated clothes and food, and we offered ourselves as volunteers for one day to help in one of the locations in Lima where donations are collected, sorted, and later distributed by trucks to the people in need.
Our Peruvian fellow citizens need a lot of help. If you want to help, they would need: homes rebuilt, clothing, food, hygiene products, mattresses, tents, blankets, medicine and more.
*Source: Information from the National Emergency Operation Center (COEN)