Photo by C. Kradolfer
Peru (MNN) ― In the wake of Peru's magnitude 8 earthquake, humanitarian aid was swift to appear in the affected urban areas. But some of the rural areas are seeing a slower response.
The quake left over 600 people dead and more than 10,000 wounded, according to the U.N. At least 16,000 homes were completely destroyed. Many roads in mountain areas are broken, which makes the relief operations extremely difficult. Government officials have asked Samaritan's Purse to take over administration of aid in this region.
In the most-affected areas, many people are living in the open in cold weather, with no access to food and clean drinking water.
Compounding matters, HCJB Global's Sheila Leech says the hospital in the region where they're working was completely destroyed by the quake. The problems were made worse by the lack of a field hospital. "We have not been able to do surgery. We've been setting bones out in the open air on the patio of the house or in the small little room at the side of the house where we're working on the patio." However, the team was able to address some of the medical needs of between 230 and 250 patients.
Leech says their medical team is headed to some of the isolated areas crippled by looters. "The people there were telling us that they have not received any aid, and they are afraid to come to where we are in San Clemente because they are afraid of looting; they cannot leave their homes."
Leech says teaming with the church will help their outreach to the community. "Samaritan's Purse has been setting up community kitchens in all of these places through the local church, and we'll be complimenting their services by offering healthcare to the people in those areas."
Samaritan's Purse is also providing enough materials for 700 temporary shelters. Teams will build one shelter using the plastic and bamboo framing, and then train local people and provide materials and tools for them to build shelters in their areas.
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