Peru Readies Armed Forces to Deal with Rain Emergency
16 de marzo de 2017, 13:54Lima, Mar 16 (Prensa Latina) Peru''s Armed Forces and Police are on alert today to help the population on emergency tasks due to floods and landslides caused by torrential rains that affect several regions of this Andean country.
The order was announced by Prime Minister, Fernando Zavala, along with other measures to face up the crisis in the northern region of the country, the capital and adjacent areas.
According to Defense Minister, Jorge Nieto, the measure allows the Government to have 25,000 troops ready for rapid deployment in case of any emergency. The bad weather is expected to continue in April.
After a meeting at the National Emergency Operations Center to analyze the serious situation, the Government also announced that the ministers will mobilize to all affected areas to pay attention to the situation.
Facing the destruction of thousands of homes by floods and landslides, Zavala shelters are being set up in the northern regions of Tumbes, Piura, Lambayeque, La Libertad and Lima Metropolitana.
Those who have been left homeless or exposed to the danger of the effects of bad weather will be temporarily housed there.
The heavy rains, which have killed about 60 people since December according to an unofficial count and caused great material damages, also forced to close schools in Lima until Monday. Workers have been given days free due to difficulties in public transportation.
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