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Posted: 2017-03-25 01:18:21

Ambassador Liliana Tamara Cino de Silva, Consul General of Peru in Los Angeles, looks over shipments bound for Peru with Latin America Program Manager Cydney Justman at Direct Relief’s Goleta warehouse Friday. (Photo by Lara Cooper/Direct Relief)

As deadly flooding persists in Peru, Direct Relief mobilized a second shipment of more than 23,000 pounds of medicines and medical aid to the country.

Intense flooding has pounded the country since the beginning of the year. More than 80 people have been killed as a result and 110,000 have been displaced from their homes as the floodwaters have risen.

On Friday, Ambassador Liliana Tamara Cino de Silva, Consul General of Peru in Los Angeles, visited Direct Relief headquarters to view firsthand how the organization is responding to the crisis in Peru.

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During Cino de Silva’s visit, forklifts whizzed through the warehouse, lifting brightly wrapped emergency aid pallets into a truck for transport. The shipments have been expedited and should arrive in Lima, Peru, by Sunday.

Direct Relief invited the ambassador to its Goleta headquarters to learn more about the response in Peru and how to assist in the future.

The shipment sent out Thursday contained critical items like antibiotics, wound care supplies, insect repellant, personal hygiene products and other requested medical goods. These items will go directly to healthcare partners helping those impacted by the floods. Thursday’s shipment will be distributed primarily to communities throughout coastal Peru that have been devastated by the flooding.

The shipment, worth $984,000, is the latest to go out in the effort to aid flood victims in the country. Earlier this month, Direct Relief sent 12,700 pounds of medical aid.

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