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Earthquake in Peru - August 2007

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An earthquake with a magnitude of 8.0 struck the coast of Peru on August 15, 2007. The epicenter was located approximately 60km south of the city of Pisco in the department of Ica. The quake caused the interruption of both power and telephone services in several cities, including the capital city of Lima. Buildings collapsed in the cities of Pisco and Cañete. More than 500 people died, thousands were left injured and tens of thousands were affected.

Situation Reports

Situation Report
21 August 2007

1. Summary of the general health situation and priorities

Preliminary damage assessment(*)

 

Cañete

Chincha

Pisco

Ica

Other
locations

Total

Deaths

7

99

338

73

2

519

Injured

172

516

100

957

99

1.844

Missing

 

 

 49
(**)

 

 

 

Homes
destroyed

7.339

29.867

11.707

31.133

4.823

84.869

Health
facilities
destroyed

 

4

1

4

5

14

Health
facilities
damaged

2

10

 

 

100

112

(*) According to Estimates from INDECI, 21 September 2007.
(**) Source: Public Ministry, Pisco.

Most Urgent Health Sector Priorities

  • Water supply and quality control
  • Improve basic sanitation and health conditions in all shelters(formal and improvised), and in formally established shelters, improve the provision of basic services, safe drinking water, solid waste management and psychosocial support.
  • Continue to carry out assessments of the health services network, particularly in Pisco, and make recommendations for recovery.
  • Continue with epidemiological surveillance disease prevention activities.
  • Optimize the efficient organization and accelerate the distribution of humanitarian aid by using the LSS/SUMA system.

Related Information

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Humanitarian Supply Management and Logistics in the Health Sector

WHO-PAHO Guidelines for the Use of Foreign Field Hospitals in the Aftermath of Sudden-Impact Disasters

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