Our sisters in Peru request prayers for victims of flooding
Devastating floods and mudslides have caused 72 deaths and extensive damage, as well as affecting infrastructure, power and drinking water in Peru, where we have 21 sisters.
Sister Sally Harper, director of our Peru Vice Province, sent the following update:
You might have heard in the news about the flooding in the north of Peru. It is quite extensive and people have lost homes, farms and animals. Other areas affected by the rains are: Abancay, Arequipa, Ancash, Ayacuho, Cajamarca, Cusco, Huanaco, Ica, Junin, Lima, Puno, Tumbes, and Ucayali. (These places are on the coast, in the mountains and in the jungle.)
There are problems in the outskirts of Lima (Chaclacayo y Chosica) and in Lima itself near the River Rimac which runs through the city. The rain from the mountains fills the rivers on the coast and they spill over their banks. Bridges have also been destroyed, so towns and villages are cut off.
In our three houses in Lima, we are affected by the heat (in the 90s every day for the last six weeks) and the water rationing. The Center House did not have water from Thursday through Saturday. Some of the sisters stood in long lines on Saturday to get a few bucketfuls. That evening they received two hours of water and were able to fill some barrels. Our houses in Canto Chico and Brisas are still able to use the water in their tanks, but are using it very sparingly.
This situation is attributed to what is being called El Niño Costeña. The heat wave is not being moved on because the winds that should come from Oceania are not coming.
We appreciate your prayers for those who are most directly flooded out of their homes and farms. We have contributed blankets, non-perishible items and money through a congregation that works in the north.
Your sisters in Peru