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IsraAID emergency team in Peru to support flood survivors

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Carapongo, Peru -- IsraAID has deployed a team to Peru working to support affected communities in impoverished and remote areas. Access to the most basic items such as food, safe water, and hygiene kits still remains limited for many, and this is the first priority for the team.

Peru continues to struggle after weeks of catastrophic post El Nino rains which triggered flash floods and deadly landslide throughout the country, including in Lima its capital. So far 94 people have died, 700,000 are now homeless, and contaminated water sources are leading to growing fears of a mass disease outbreak.

"We were at home when we heard screaming coming from the street- when we ran outside we saw the river and mudslides entering the street in front the house. We thought to try and block the flood so we started organizing, but after about 10 minutes we were struck by another strong mudslide that came from behind our house. The last mudslide left everything destroyed; my house is inhabitable, my garden is destroyed, and my belongings are ruined" -- Gloria Sedano Pascual, resident of Carapongo

IsraAID is distributing much needed relief in these communities, and is conducting trauma prevention training for teachers and other community stakeholders._ "Hearing stories of people who lost everything is heartbreaking, but we continue to be amazed by people's ability to stay together, and help each other overcome these difficult times"_ shared Naama Gorodischer, IsraAID Programs Director and head of mission to Peru.

In Peru, the organization is committed to working together with local communities to rebuild. Ms. Pascual herself is already looking to the future of her, her family, and her community, sharing that "[...] with Israel's expertise we can try to rebuild my community, teaching them about these simple methods to grow their own crops. We also can experiment with building more sustainable shelters than the tents we were given now. We need a lot of help such as water, food, and clothes supplies but my hope is to, with the help of IsraAID, organize activities that will help my community in the long term. I believe we can accomplish a lot when we work together."

About IsraAID

IsraAID is an international humanitarian aid organization based in Israel. Since 2001, IsraAID's emergency response teams have responded to nearly every major humanitarian crisis of the 21st century, reaching 40 countries worldwide, and staying on to accompany communities and governments as they strive to recover and attain sustainability. Today, IsraAID’s has programs in 16 countries around the world.

IsraAID's humanitarian programs in Peru are made possible thanks to its many supporters and donors, including the Koret Foundation.

Available for interview in Peru:

Naama Gorodischer, IsraAID’s Head of Mission to Peru

For more information, please contact Communication@israaid.org and Mickey Noam Alon the Communications Director at