Flooding, which began earlier this month with torrential rain in Peru, continues to devastate the nation. More than 70 people have lost their lives. At least 134,000 homes are uninhabitable. Thirty-three highways are closed and 3,500 damaged, with over 150 bridges collapsed and 275 more severely damaged. Some villages are totally isolated as a result of the bridge collapses. Nearly 1,200 schools are heavily damaged. Hospitals and health centers where people would go for help are also damaged. The capital city, Lima, is affected with a serious lack of drinking water for its 9 million people, and flooding in the streets.
The rainy season could last another two weeks. The statistics of suffering will only increase. Epidemics may be coming due to the collapsed sewage systems. Looting in markets has already begun. Even relief trucks carrying food have been attacked.
You can find news reports online. I am getting news first-hand from missionary friends living and working in Peru through Scripture Union. The boys (who were formerly homeless) living in the Girasoles (sunflower) Home in Ica are leading a project to provide water to a neighboring town. They will fill 5 gallon water bottles with purified water (a system provided by Living Waters for the World) from the well on the property to distribute in Chanchajalla. Volunteers from their school ministry staff in Piura, Trujillo, and Chosica will set up soup kitchens to provide meals to children and women and the elderly. In partnership with Health Bridges International, they are preparing to provide medicine for malaria, dengue fever, cholera, typhoid fever, and amoebic dysentery, which are expected to spread.
The organizations I mentioned are only a few that will be involved in relief work alongside the government of Peru. Donations are needed.
Please pray for the people of Peru.