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ACT Alliance Appeal: Flash mud floods in Lima city, Peru

ACT Alliance - Switzerland - Tue, 8 May 2012 15:59 GMT
Author: Elisabeth Gouel
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Flash mud floods in Lima city, Peru - PER121


Appeal Target:             US$ 44,868       

Balance Requested:    US$ 44,868       


Geneva, 07 May 2012

The heavy rains in the mountains near Lima from last April triggered a series of flash mud floods which have hit the small cities of Chosica, Ricardo Palma and Chaclacayo, 27 to 42 kms. in the East side of Lima, the capital city of Peru.  The Health Ministry and INDECI (National Institute of Civil Defense) reported two people deaths, 31 injured, 5,478 affected, 1,607 in shelters, 569 houses destroyed and 525 houses semi destroyed. This area is one of the most affected by poverty and desertification. Due the erosion on the slopes of the mountains, the strong streams dragged mud and stones, destroying houses, drinking water systems and drainages, roads, and electricity supply leaving this area flooded mainly by mud, the sewages leaking, debris in the houses and stones in the roads and in crosswalk. 

Chosica City, which is the hardest hit, is 35 kms. East Lima. The most affected communities are: Lord of Miracles, Mariscal Castilla, Pablo Patron, San Juan de Bellavista, Virgen del Rosario, Santo Domingo, Sauce Grande, San Fernando Alto, Clorinda Malaga, California, Las Parritas. These communities are settled in the banks of the Rimac River, in the path of the mud flood streams.


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