17 August 2007 – Amid mounting fears that the death and injury tolls will rise following the major earthquake which rocked Peru earlier this week, the United Nations is stepping up efforts to provide relief to victims.
So far, local authorities have confirmed 510 deaths, 1,000 injuries and over 16,000 homes destroyed. But these numbers could climb in coming days.
The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has contributed $200,000 for relief efforts in the response phase and will allocate an additional $300,000 for reconstruction initiatives.
Meanwhile, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) announced yesterday (16/8/2007) that it will provide $500,000 worth of urgently-needed food relief to victims of the country’s earthquake.
The Government, she said, has approved a compensation scheme of $312 per family member killed, and $1875 will be provided per family to reconstruct their homes.