Floods in Loreto, Peru, 2012

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Response by the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Sector – Experiences and Lessons Learned

The heavy rains at the beginning of 2012 in Peru forced the government to declare a state of national emergency in 18 regions of the country. One of the most affected was the Loreto region, in the country’s northeast. The population’s vulnerability increased as a result of the collapse of the sanitation systems. In addition, the extending area of dispersion of pathogen agents increased the probability of transmission of diseases from river waters. For this reason it became imperative for the water, sanitation and hygiene sector to give an immediate response in order to control the associated risks and minimize the impact on the population.

This publication describes the process of implementing the humanitarian response activities, as well as the actions that contributed to the strengthening of local, sectoral, and regional communities, with special emphasis on lessons learned. To that end, primary and secondary sources were analyzed, technical and managerial staff from participating agencies were interviewed, and those who benefitted from the interventions were surveyed on the results.

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