As deadly weather continues to plague Peru, the latest reported death toll in the country puts the number killed by deadly floods at 113.
According to a report released Tuesday by the National Emergency Operations Center, 178,701 people have been affected, and at least 237,906 homes have been damaged.
Rainfall has also destroyed 2,542 kilometers of roads and thousands of hectares of crops. Farmers are asking for government assistance to help recover from the devastation.
President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski estimated last week that Peru would need up to US$9 billion to rebuild and modernize areas that have been affected by natural disasters.
Leading in the way of international solidarity efforts is Cuba, who has sent its Henry Reeve Medical Brigade, which specializes in disasters and epidemics. The group includes 11 doctors, 10 health care professionals, an administrator, and a lead doctor, who in just a few short weeks have seen more than 6,000 affected people.
According to experts, the warming of the waters of the Pacific Ocean in northern Peru has led to a phenomenon called “El Niño Costero,” with has led to the heavy rains, landslides and floods.
Those hardest hit have been the poor, most notably Peruvians who built their homes on cheap land near the river, which runs from Peru’s central Andes to the Pacific coast.