Colombia sent 30 tons of humanitarian aid to Peru on Monday after floods killed more than 70 people in the neighboring country.
President Juan Manuel Santos on Sunday announced the emergency aid package meant for the thousands of Peruvians who are estimated to have lost their homes.
“The humanitarian aid consists of 1,000 food packages, 1,000 personal hygiene kits, 3,000 blankets, 3,000 mosquito nets and 1,600 tents,” Colombia’s disaster management director Carlos Ivan Marquez was quoted as saying by newspaper El Tiempo.
Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski on Twitter thanked his Colombian counterpart “and the entire people of Colombia for sending four helicopters and 30 tons of humanitarian aid.”
The Colombian embassy in Lima told El Tiempo it had received between 20 to 30 calls from Colombians living in Peru every day since the floods — the worst in 30 years — late last week.
Colombia’s Foreign Ministry urged Colombians in the border region not to travel to the flood-stricken areas in the south of Peru.