Advisory: Wastewater Flooding in Peru - Compassion International

Advisory: Wastewater Flooding in Peru - January 2019

  |   Posted: January 29, 2019   |   Updated: February 05, 2019

Update #1: February 5, 2019

On February 1, 2019 the local municipality provided cleaning and assistance to the affected population. The Potable Water & Sanitation Service of Lima (SEDAPAL), the entity that caused the flooding and is responsible for clean-up, carried out the removal of stagnant waters. SEDAPAL continues with the verification of vaporization, cleaning of green areas, housing, and the cleaning of tracks and sidewalks. The National Emergency Operations Center (COEN) reported that only one area had actual environmental damage and needed disinfection. The Army of Peru has been supporting the cleaning of streets as well as the removal and evacuation of contaminated goods that had been discarded. No Beneficiaries impact details are available yet. Thankfully, no areas near the Child Development Centers (CDCs) needed disinfection. The CDCs have continued to deliver bottled water to the beneficiaries and their families. So far, 2,563 seven liter bottles of water have been distributed using Compassion Disaster Relief funds. The CDCs are also supporting the families with water from cisterns, since the cisterns provided by the municipality do not reach the beneficiaries homes because they are in a high altitude area. Please pray for the safety of beneficiaries in this area and for those who are recovering from the damages caused by the flooding.

Disaster Alert: January 29, 2019

On January 13, 2019, there was a great flood due to the collapse of wastewater pipes while repairing the main pipes. It affected the houses and roads in Lima. The situation worsened due to a breakdown of the potable water supply lines and a new collapse of the sanitation system in several places. And on January 15, 2019, there was another flood. The entire district has been impacted by environmental pollution and water shortages. The National Institute of Civil Defense (INDECI) recommended a state of emergency and then a supreme decree was issued on January 18, 2019. The INDECI and Ministry of Health and Environment are attempting to remove the water. The government has also mobilized resources such as masks, portable toilets, detergents, and food for the affected families. No impact details are available yet for affected Child Development Centers or beneficiaries. Rest assured, if your beneficiary if affected, we will notify you as soon as possible. Compassion Disaster Relief funds are being used to meet basic needs such as water, cleaning supplies, hygiene supplies, and more for the beneficiaries and their families.