Posted by Tom Hansen

Rotary International has been working with its partner ShelterBox to provide relief to flood victims in Peru. 

Since February, flash flooding and mudslides have damaged and destroyed thousands of buildings, including homes, schools, and churches  in several countries in western South America.

Rotary and Rotaract in Peru have reported widespread destruction there. A ShelterBox response team is working with local authorities and Rotary to assess the damage and determine how to help people in the northwest region of the country.

The floods in Peru have killed more than 100 people. According to the Los Angeles times, relief agencies estimate that 700,000  people have been left homeless.  Heavy rains are expected to continue for the rest of the week. 

Where flood waters have receded, they’ve left behind a thick layer of mud. This can lead to serious health problems and irritation of the eyes, skin, and respiratory tract, ShelterBox officials say.