LIMA – An aircraft of the Chilean Air Force reached the Peruvian capital on Monday carrying humanitarian aid that included 18 tons of water, food and other basic necessities, for victims of devastating floods in the country that has left 75 dead.
The Chilean military delegation will remain in Peru for 10 days to help in the rescue efforts and was received by Peruvian Foreign Minister, Ricardo Luna, in Callao, near Lima.
The Ambassador of Chile in Lima, Roberto Ibarra, said the aid, which also includes 1,000 food kits, 1,000 bathroom kits, 3,000 blankets, 3,000 mosquito nets and 2,000 igloo-shaped tents with a capacity for six people, is in the spirit of cooperation and neighborly solidarity.
Hours earlier, a 767 plane from Colombia had also arrived in Lima with emergency aid, along with two UH60 Black Hawk helicopters to help in the rescue efforts in the towns of Tumbes, Talara and Piura.
Ecuador, too, sent 3,000 packets of food on Sunday to cover three meals a day.
The Paraguayan government had also pledged to deliver 10 tons of rice to Peru this week, besides 1,000 grooming and cleaning kits.
The Peru floods, caused by an atypical climatological phenomenon of the El Niño, which heated up unusually the surface waters off the Peruvian coast, had led to intense rains, overflowing rivers and landslides in the Andean region.
The unusual weather phenomenon that began in December last year have affected around 630,000, including 75 dead, 264 wounded, 20 missing, and displaced close to 100,000.