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Responding to Area-Wide Flooding: February 2017

February 10, 2017
Magali M. de Pujalt and Alice Rodriguez

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Area Flooding Prompts Quick Response

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During the week of January 23rd, widespread torrential rainfall created flooding across many South American countries, including Perú. The rainfall caused the local rivers of Perú to overflow, and also caused mudslides. Our RMF Perú team quickly analyzed the effects of the flooding within the city center of Pisco, where RMF’s clinic, Policlínico Peruano Americano is located. 








Many families in the community were greatly affected by the flooding. RMF’s team began accepting donations of food, water, and clothing at our clinic, and has been distributing these to families in need. RMF Perú has also received donations of furniture and bedding for families whose houses were flooded. 



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Background

RMF has been active in Peru since 2007, when we provided earthquake relief and established our still successful health clinic, Policlínico Peruano Americano, in San Clemente, Pisco. 10 years later, as of March 18th, 2017, ongoing flooding and mudslides, especially in the northern parts of the country, have caused at least 72 deaths, damaged an estimated 115,000 homes, and caused extensive damage to infrastructure and crops.

RMF Peru continues to offer free health services at our Policlínico Peruano Americano, and since January 2017, we have been collecting and distributing essential supplies such as food, clean water, and clothing for flood victims. We are also continuing our health outreach campaigns and planning medical outreaches farther north, in the regions that have been hit hardest by the flooding.


Objectives
  • Provide free health services to those most in need
  • Collect and distribute essential supplies, such as food, clean water, and clothing for flood victims
  • Conduct medical outreaches in harder-hit areas farther north
  • Continue strategizing with our in-country team how to best serve those affected by the flood
 
  More Reports on:
Peru Flood Relief Policlínico Peruano Americano
        Country Page: Peru
        Initiative Page: Peru Flood Relief
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