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child standing in floods in Peru

Cyclone Yaku, Peru

child standing in floods in Peru
child standing in floods in Peru
April 2023

People Helped


Humanitarian Needs

Rainy season 2023 has been particularly intense in Peru, but it intensified exceptionally starting mid-March with Cyclone Yaku and El Niño phenomenon. Extreme rainfall conditions resulting from the cyclone have affected the coastal area of Peru from north to south, with Piura region (in the north-west) being the most impacted by widespread flooding and landslides.  

Important infrastructure damages have been reported. To date, around 85,000 homes have been affected by flooding and landslides and are now either severely damaged or completely uninhabitable.

Further, the heavy and constant rain has caused severe damages to the water network. As a result, the risk of vector-borne (from mosquitos) and water-borne diseases such as dengue, leptospirosis and diarrhea has increased. The scarcity of drinking water and the overcrowding of housing, especially in the most precarious dwellings, affects particularly the hygiene conditions and vulnerability of families. 

Humanitarian Response

Plan International's response is focused in Tambogrande and Chulucanas districts, where populations have been most affected by the flooding.

Plan International is working to provide shelter materials (bedroom kits, mattresses, pillows, mosquito nets...) and safe sleeping spaces to girls, boys and adolescents staying in over-crowded homes.

Plan International is providing safe water and hygiene kits to affected families. Plan is also delivering vector control and dengue prevention kits.

Plan International is ensuring protection and psychological support by establishing child-friendly spaces and providing psychosocial support and information sessions.

Plan International is also delivering dignity and safety kits for girls, boys, adolescents, youth and women, and implementing awareness activities on sexual and reproductive health. 

In Partnership with Canada

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