Peru Floods

About the Crisis


Heavy rains in Peru have caused massive flooding and mudslides in many parts of the country. The floods have resulted in fatalities and displacement, and have caused widespread damage to homes, roads, schools, and other infrastructure, especially along the northern coastal areas.

National, regional, and local governments, along with non-governmental organizations and private businesses, are providing assistance. In addition, a disaster team with USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance is working with local disaster authorities to assess needs and provide humanitarian assistance to people in need.  

At the request of the Government of Peru, the U.S. military is providing logistics support for the relief efforts. In coordination with USAID, U.S. Southern Command provided two C-130 aircraft to facilitate the transportation of humanitarian cargo and personnel to hard-to- reach areas.

Extensive damage to Peru’s roads and bridges has hindered transportation to affected areas, potentially worsening the humanitarian situation. Priority needs include safe drinking water, improved hygiene, and sanitation services to affected areas.

Details About the Ongoing Response Efforts


USAID created the Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) in 1988 one month after Hurricane Gilbert made landfall as a Category 5 storm that affected 10 countries. An outpouring of unsolicited donations took up space needed to stage and deliver life-saving relief supplies, and USAID and other responders spent valuable time managing unneeded clothing, expired medicine, and other non-critical items. USAID established the Center to educate the public about the advantages of giving monetary donations to relief organizations and the downside of donating unsolicited material goods USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) leads and coordinates the U.S. government’s humanitarian assistance efforts overseas, responding to an average of 65 disasters in more than 50 countries every year. Learn More About USAID/OFDA

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