C.R.G. discussed and surveyed the situation in Puno C.R.G. meets the President of the region of Puno, Sr. Hernan Fuentes Guzman. The goal of the discussion was to actualize further help and plan how such a disaster could be minimized in the future. Social problems of the region where also on the agenda for discussion.
Children continue to die from the extreme cold in the region of Puno. The enormous rainfall caused a natural disaster which
destroyed thousands of houses in the region, elevating the devastating effects of sub zero temperatures. C.R.G. foresees
hundreds of infant deaths due to exposure to the elements in the coming months if provisions of aid are not met immediately.
More than 200 families lost everything. C.R.G support the people in this difficult moment.
The permanent rain falls destroyed approximately 200 houses in Lucre. The people needed immediate help. Colonel Martin Bucher stated “The need for immediate help is of extreme important, but more even more important is the need for prevention of such a disasters.) Needing immediate attention is the urgency of rebuilding the Kindergarten. The building is not useable in its current condition, which shelters children between the ages of 4 and 6.
The region of Cusco continues to be effected with permanent rains, causing floating in several villages in the region. After meeting with the president of the region and the chief of health officials, C.R.G. confirmed plans to help with prevention and direct aid.
Colonel Martin W. Bucher visit Cusco and meets with Econ and discusses the situation with Luis Arturo Florez Garcia, President of Cusco. The visits purpose was to coordinate several donations in Cusco in the months of April / May.
Our International Medical Corps immediately mobilized to meet the emergencies of the earthquake that struck Abruzzo. The earth shook the night of 6 April. Abruzzi suffered the devastation that destroyed about 50% of property and claimed 300+ lives and left over a thousand injured. The Commander General of CO.S.INT. Gen.C.d ‘A.on. Alessandro Della Posta ordered the immediate activation of the emergency Corps International Health, by going in person to inspect the sites of the earthquake and taking action.
Whilst most of the world’s media focused on the terrible scenes in Haiti, a much smaller but equally tragic weather-driven disaster unfolded in one of the most spectacular global tourism destinations in Peru. Torrential rains caused fatal mudslides and have closed the ancient ruins at Machu Picchu, and affected the nearby site at Aguas Caliente which has resulted in a number of deaths in Cusco. Despite the use of helicopters to rescue stranded tourists, over 2500 remained trapped at the site of the ruins, and another 2000 in Agua Calientes and possibly up to 700 on the world famous Inca Trail, which winds through the mountains to Machu Picchu. The local Government of Cusco has declared a 60-day state of emergency after seeing two bridges collapse and 250 houses destroyed. A lot of children are suffering from the cold, and with the supply of warm cloths and food, we where are able to help make a difference.