Updates- DTM Peru

The El Niño coastal phenomenon, triggered by the increase in the surface temperature of the sea, caused continuous rainfall in Peru through February 2017 and March 2017. This increased rainfall led to severe flooding in rural communities and urban areas in 24 of the country’s 25 departments. Approximately 1.1 million people were affected in total. One third of the affected population was identified in the department of Piura. The flooding has had a significant impact on the livelihoods of the affected population and has caused significant internal displacement. The estimated IDP population is approximately 73,000. Preliminary official reports indicated that 32,627 homes were destroyed or rendered uninhabitable and nearly 200,000 homes were affected. Approximately 7% of the severely affected population relocated to official shelters. In rural areas, the affected families relocated to safe houses and tents.

In response to this crisis, IOM is collaborating with the government of Peru to run the Displacement Tracking Matrix which will monitor the locations and needs of the displaced population. The goal of the exercise is to provide up-to-date and accurate information for humanitarian actors (including IOM itself) to ensure that the affected populations receive the necessary assistance. The DTM will focus on the severely affected areas of: Piura and Lima. The first report will be released in the second week of April 2017.