Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Peru Earthquake Update

Aid continues to arrive in Peru, and from reports, it seems that progress is being made to help the citizens, some of whom have lost everything as a result of last Wednesday's earthequake.

Progress is being made, albeit slowly. 120 health workers have being sent from the Ministry of Health to Ica, Pisco and Chincha to construct latrines and educate the population about sanitation procedures following last Wednesday's 8.0 earthquake. The doctors from Spain, who arrived several days ago but were unable to locate their supplies, their instruments and their clothing, have caught up with their things, and are helping the citizens of Peru meet their medical needs. Medical needs are largely being met. It is reported that order has been restored in Ica, although its not really clear whether there was much disorder in the first place.

While it has taken several days, an air bridge has now been established to Pisco which will deliver aid and aid workers directly to the affected region. More rural areas are still not sufficiently served, lacking sufficient water, tents, beds, blankets, and tools to remove rubble.

Generally speaking, it's considered good aid policy, following disaster, to have a program which employs the affected to clean up the mess and put cash in the pockets of the afflicted. Peru has started such a program, which will last for 30 days and starts on August 30.

Most of the children, except in Ica, have gone back to school. Most areas have sufficient water and shelters have been established. All in all, things are looking up for Peru, but there always is the question whether government reports more progress than has actually been made.


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