An UNDAC team composed of 12 experts has been deployed to Peru to assist in conducting a multisectoral rapid needs assessment and provide information management support. Since December 2016, Peru has been experiencing severe torrential rainfalls, caused by “coastal El Niño”, a localized version of the larger weather phenomenon El Niño. Rains have intensified since mid-March causing multiple floods, flash floods, landslides, and mudflows in 24 of the 25 regions in Peru. The departments of Piura, Lambayeque, Ancash, but also Tumbes, La Libertad, Lima, Ica and Arequipa have been the most affected. More than 120,000 people have suffered losses, and over 800,000 people have been affected by the floods.

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UNDAC team in Lambayeque department, 27.03.2017 credit: L Ardon, UNDAC & M.-H. Ramos, UNDAC associate expert ECHO.

On 18 March, the UN Resident Coordinator, in consultation with the Government of Peru, requested OCHA to deploy an UNDAC team to come in support of the Humanitarian Country Team and its collaboration with the Government of Peru.  The team is led by Rogerio Mobilia Silva from OCHA’s Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC) and includes 2 MapAction staff, an OCHA RedHum staff and an environmental expert from the European Union. OCHA ROLAC also surged 2 additional staff members. The team comes in addition to the 2-person OCHA Humanitarian Advisor Team in Peru. The multi-sector initial rapid assessment (MIRA) is carried out with large participation from the HCT and focused the primary data collection in the northern part of the country in Piura, Lambayeque, Tumbes and La Libertad. The use of data collection through the digitalised tool “Kobo” has already shown great added value to identify severity of the situation and obtain information in close to real-time at capital level in Lima. It also allowed remote actors such as OCHA’s Coordinated Assessment Support Section (CASS) to provide support in data analysis. The team is expected to remain in country for around 3 weeks with onward planning underway.

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Photo: Martin Mejia