Since mid-January, El Niño has been affecting Peru and Ecuador.

Rains, mudslides, and overflows, have impacted the North and Central regions of the country resulting in flooding of cities and towns, leaving thousands of people isolated while destroying farmlands and cattle grounds.

The Coastal Nino, is the meteorological phenomenon which is currently affecting Peru, and is characterized by the abnormal warming of the ocean mass in the coastal areas of the country's littoral.

This change in temperatures produces humidity which unleashes violent rains causing flooding and mudslides which have impacted a large part of the Peruvian territory.

By the end of the first week of April, the authorities reported the El Nino had resulted in more than 120 dead or missing persons, 350 injured, and 150,000 affected with a total of about 1 million people affected throughout the nation since December 2016. In addition, more than 200,000 homes have been destroyed.

Impact as a result of the severe climate conditions since December 2016

  At least 120 dead
  More than 350 injured persons
  More than 1 Million persons affected
  More than 200,000 homes affected
  Affected regions
  Affected homes

Likewise, the effects of the impact upon the populated sectors has been complicated further as more than 2,635 km of highways and 242 bridges have been destroyed.

Direct Aid Peru and its volunteer team responded to the call for help of the affected families in the Huarmey zone in northern Peru.

Although the media coverage may indicate the problem has been is gone, the situation remains at an emergency level as thousands still don't have a roof, adequate sanitary conditions, or basic food supplies.

Our goal is to be able to bring direct help to as many families as we can while the government continues to manage the crisis and organize reconstruction.