Hapag-Lloyd helps transport aid to flood-affected Peru
Europe-South America container shipping specialist Hapag-Lloyd has become deeply involved in helping to transport aid to flood-affected parts of Peru, offering cabotage services to get supplies to the north of the country and transporting some supplies free of charge.
Over the past few weeks, the north and central regions of Peru have been severely affected by an abnormal amount of precipitation caused by an unusual warm-water mass sitting off the coast of Peru, problems expected to continue at least through April. Public infrastructure such as highways, railroads, roads, and bridges have been severely affected or destroyed by landslides and floods, the line said.
As of 21 March, the official number of casualties had risen to 78, over 100,000 people have lost their homes, and over 600,000 people have been affected. Schools in Lima have also been suspended since 16 March and people have been experiencing water and food supply shortages in Lima and the north provinces as well, Hapag-Lloyd said.
“This past Saturday (18 March), the already difficult situation took a turn for the worse when the Virú Bridge (which connects the Panamerican Highway to the north of Peru near Salaverry and Trujillo) collapsed, cutting off all direct access of supplies and humanitarian support from the most affected areas,” the line said. “Other bridges are on the brink of collapsing and further affecting the north of Peru.
“The ports are open and are one of the main ways to get supplies to the most affected areas in Peru since highways and railroads have been severely damaged.”
As a result, Hapag-Lloyd, through a special government emergency decree, has been offering cabotage services to get supplies to the North of Peru. “Hapag-Lloyd and Consorcio Naviero Peruano are also supporting, offering transport of 300 tonnes of aid and donations free of charge to the affected area in the north of Peru – Ports of Paita and Salaverry – in our vessels.”
Locally, Hapag-Lloyd (Peru) has also organized and already delivered a first batch of donations that were collected from its own staff last week and is currently working on the second collection – including items such as water, canned goods, rice and non-perishable foods, sunblock, and insect repellent.
“There was a lot of support from our staff and people are even going to help on the weekends where they can,” the line said.
Despite the emergency situation, Hapag-Lloyd said its office in Peru was operating in a normal way and all its normal procedures are in force.