Peru is experiencing large-scale floods and landslides which led the Government of Peru to declare the highest level of National Emergency in the northern regions of Tumbes, Piura and Lambayeque.
In early March 2023, Peru experienced its first cyclone in 40 years, Cyclone Yaku. Despite the cyclone leaving Peru on March 17, there is an extension of the rainy season, with heavy rains expected to continue until May. The multisectoral committee ENFEN (Estudio Nacional del Fenómeno El Niño) declared an alert of a possible “El Niño Costero”, and the National Service of Meteorology and Hydrology of Peru (SENAMHI) forecasts a Global El Niño by the end of this year.
The Peruvian Government has declared the State of Emergency in 1,030 districts, 54% of the total districts across the country, due to the heavy rains, floods and landslides. As of 3 April, the Humanitarian National Network estimated that at least 517,000 people and 85,000 households have been affected, and the death count is at 71.
As a local business, you can reach out to Hombro a Hombro to see how best you can become a part of the Peru flood and landslide response efforts.
Mobilizing the Private Sector to Support Humanitarian Response
Hombro a Hombro is a non-profit organisation in Peru and a member of the OCHA/UNDP Connecting Business initiative (CBi). It works with over 63 companies and Government partners to coordinate and facilitate disaster preparedness and response activities in Peru.
Hombro a Hombro is closely coordinating with the National Institute of Civil Protection (INDECI), the OCHA Humanitarian Advisory Team and the National Humanitarian Network to contribute to ongoing response efforts. Among other activities, in the context of these floods, Hombro a Hombro has conducted damage assessments and distributed aid in hard-to-reach areas, from Paita to Piura, Tumbes, and Lambayeque, as an integral part of the humanitarian response efforts. Read more about their activities here.