State of emergency declared for 1/2 of Peru goes unnoticed

If I asked you what the Kardashians ate for breakfast today, you could probably tell me (seriously, why do we know these things?!). If I asked you what the most recent scandal in US domestic politics is, you could probably tell me. 

But did you know about the extreme floods in Peru this week? 

The weather has left entire villages under water, leaving people without food and the reality of losing loved ones. P.S. It’s not your fault you don’t know… how could you know if few report on it?

via floodlist.com

It has hardly been covered in the US media, but early El Niño-like weather phenomena has hit the country and there have been devastating consequences:

• As of the latest statement, 78 people have died. 

• Entire villages have been cut off from food sources because streams have turned in to raging rivers

• Homes have been destroyed in mudslides

• Leaders have declared a state of emergency for half the country

Aerial view of flooded streets as Peru’s President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski inspects the floods from a helicopter in Piura, northern Peru, March 28, 2017. Luis Guillen/Presidential Palace/Handout via Reuters

 March 28, 2017. Luis Guillen/Presidential Palace/Handout via Reuters

700,000 have been forced out of their homes 

… according to the LA times. While this is not technically an El Niño storm yet – the ocean itself is still in a neutral condition – it sure is behaving like one. Researchers in Australia have said that real El Niño events could start happening as early as April. 

This is the worst climate emergency PERU has had in nearly two decades

Residents cross a flooded street after rivers breached their banks due to torrential rains, causing flooding and widespread destruction in Piura, Peru, March 27, 2017. REUTERS/Miguel Arreategui

Piura, Peru, March 27, 2017. REUTERS/Miguel Arreategui

So how can we help? 

1. You can donate to organizations

like the International Red Cross, Relief International, and Oxfam who work tirelessly to help those needing emergency relief. ➪Check this list

2. You can share articles like this one

(more people see and know ⇢ more people care ⇢ more people will donate/ volunteer  ⇢ more Peruvians get aid). 

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Lindsey Schad
Head of Communication Team

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