CERF gives $2.2 million to help flood-affected people in Peru
4 May 2012: Continuous heavy rains over the past few months have lead to widespread flooding in Loreto, Peru – a region located in the heart of the Peruvian rainforest. The heavy rains have caused the river water levels to rise and consequently overflow into surrounding areas. An estimated 52,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed in Loreto. As of 20 April, a reported 15,000 people are sheltered in tents, schools and other public structures and a total of 246,000 people in Loreto have been affected.
Livelihoods have been negatively impacted in the region with the loss of 50 per cent of crops in Loreto, according to Ministry of Agriculture estimates. Health conditions among the flood-affected have worsened with an increase in acute respiratory infections, acute diarrheal diseases and skin diseases.