In March ShelterBox responded to two separate disasters in Peru. Heavy rains triggered landslides that caused widespread damage in the remote mountainous region of Apurimac. Whilst in the Loreto region, in northern Peru, the unusually heavy rains led to extensive flooding. In July ShelterBox sent a monitoring and evaluation team back to these regions to assess the situation three months on.
The team travelled by boat along the Amazon River to talk to remote communities in Loreto. In total they located 88% of the tents that were initially distributed. Although these tents are still inhabited, now that the floodwaters have receded, some of the beneficiaries have relocated their tents to their villages and set about repairing their homes.
In Aucayo, the team was able to see what impact the ShelterBoxes have made on this small community. 16 tents were initially placed on a football pitch on the opposite side of the river to the badly damaged homes of the recipient families. Normally their homes, which are constructed on stilts and situated on an island in the middle of the Amazon River, are well above the seasonal high river levels. However, the unprecedented flooding saw the floodwaters rising to the roofs of the houses, badly damaging them and completely destroying most of the families’ belongings.
You can read the full report here: PERU