Harsh cold weather has hit the Andes of Peru and has been met with multiple measures by the Peruvian government to reduce its impact for local families.
Adding to the country’s aid is the European Union Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) which has allocated €127 200 to areas affected by the cold in the Peruvian Andes, reports Andina news agency.
The aid will be directed to 620 families in Ananea Quilcapuncu, Sina and Putina, districts in the San Antonio de Putina province, region of Puno for a three-month period.
The Peruvian Red Cross will distribute the items including blankets, personal protective equipment for farmers, rubber boots, waterproof ponchos and UV protection sunglasses.
The hope is to reduce the cases of conjunctivitis, respiratory infections and to protect individuals against the cold and damp.
Peru’s National Civil Defense Institute (Indeci) has reported that about 165,000 have been affected, 100 have lost their homes, 529 houses have been damaged, 11 have collapsed and another 11 were left uninhabitable due to cold in Apurimac, Ayacucho, Cusco, Huancavelica, Junin, Pasco, Puno and Tacna.
In July the Ministry of Women and Vulnerable Populations (MIMP) said shelter kits were still being sent to these regions where the cold temperatures put the locals’ health at high-risk.
The district at most critical risk is Kelluyo of Puno, located between 4,100 and 4,800 meters. From June to August the temperatures drop to 17 degrees below zero.