Peru Gov’t announces measures to deal with quake-related emergencies

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The earthquake from May 26 has devastated major parts of the Peruvian jungle, and the government of Peru is taking steps to handle disaster relief and response through its ministries and agencies. Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra spearheaded the effort as he heads for Yurimaguasm, one of the most heavily affected areas in the rainforest region.

The response from the Executive Branch will be rapid and extensive for all sectors affected. The president is traveling with the Minister of Health Zulema Tomas, Jorge Luis Chavez, the head of the National Civil Defense Institute (Indeci and Maria Jara, the Minister of Transport and Communications.

Prime Minister Salvador del Solar departed for Tarapoto city together with the Minister of Housing, Construction, and Sanitation Miguel Estrada. As for Production Minister Rocio Barrios, he is going to be in Iquitos while her Interior peer Carlos Moran is stationed in Pucallpa.

According to the President, there are actions taken by sectors, such as the Housing, Construction, and Sanitation Ministry bringing out tents for those who have lost their homes. He also reported the growing number of injured people and damaged roads and bridges.

One bridge that linked Yurimaguas and Tarapoto had collapsed when the incident had first been reported. There are also efforts to airlift people in need. Due to this, evacuations have taken place in main roads by the Transport and Communications Ministry. They have also sought to restore the collapsed bridge in the San Martin region.

The earthquake was the most devastating one Peru experienced in over a decade. Measuring at 8.0 on the Richter Scale, the quake hit the Loreto region on May 26, 2019 at 2:41 AM, as reported by the Geophysical Institute of Peru (IGP). The National Emergency Operations Center (COEN) also reported only one casualty and 11 people injured.

Ecuador was also affected, having seven people injured. The quake was felt in cities such as Lima, Piura, La Libertad, and Yurimaguas, as well as in neighboring countries Ecuador and Colombia.

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