Bärbel Kofler, Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid at the Federal Foreign Office, issued the following statement today (25 March) on the severe flooding in Peru:
The major impact which climate change can already have on people is evident time and again. The images from Peru and the magnitude of the severe flooding speak a clear language. We grieve with the families and friends of the victims and we feel for the many people who have lost everything. We will not leave the Peruvian Government to deal with this difficult situation on its own. We have already taken action to provide assistance. I would like to commend all helpers from Peru and the rest of the world for the work they are doing in the current emergency.
Background information on the assistance being provided
Germany is making available bilateral assistance totalling up to 225,000 euros within the framework of an emergency aid project in cooperation with the German Red Cross (water supply and treatment; reconstruction of houses/roofs to provide protection from further rainfall). The German Embassy in Lima will initiate measures to the tune of 50,000 euros (emergency household kits for 700 people, equipment and material for local disaster relief/health care facilities) to help those affected.