The recent harsh cold weather that has hit the Andes of Peru has been very difficult for the local people. The government has put in place multiple measures to try to reduce the risk for the families living in the region and even the European Union Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) had added an extra €127 200 to help the areas most affected by the extreme cold.
The aid will be sent to the families living in the Ananea Quilcapuncu, Sina and Putina, districts in the San Antonio de Putina province, region of Puno over a period of 3 months. There are about 620 families living in this area. The Peruvian Red Cross is also working to distribute blankets, warm clothing and boots, hoping to reduce the number of illnesses caused by the cold and damp.
The effect of the cold weather has been disastrous for many people living in the region. It has been reported by Peru’s National Civil Defense Institute (Indeci) that 165,000 people have been affected, with 100 losing their homes and 529 homes being damaged. The areas that are at most risk are those in Kelluyo in Puno which are located between 4,100 and 4,800 meters above sea level, there temperatures have dropped to below -17C.