Canadian Red Cross

Canadian Red Cross

August 18, 2007 18:15 ET

Peru Earthquake: Red Cross Sending Supplies, Delegate to Assist With Recovery

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Aug. 18, 2007) - The Canadian Red Cross is ramping up its response to the needs in Peru following Wednesday's devastating earthquake. Saturday evening, Quebec-based Canadian Red Cross delegate Jean-Pierre Taschereau will fly to Lima, where he will meet a plane load of Canadian supplies being shipped from Panama.

Departing delegate Jean Pierre Taschereau

No stranger to dangerous or hardship missions, Taschereau has been a Red Cross volunteer, staff member and international delegate for nine years, having worked in tsunami-ravaged countries, as well as Columbia, Mexico and Nicaragua. He will fly this evening from Montreal, arriving in Lima, Peru in time to meet a plane load of Canadian Red Cross supplies. Following the distribution of these items, and working in cooperation with the local Peruvian Red Cross, as well as the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Taschereau will act as a relief coordinator, helping to ensure that supplies get to survivors as quickly as possible.

Relief supplies flight

The cargo flight will contain 22 tonnes of Canadian Red Cross relief supplies that have been prepositioned in Panama. The shipment contains items to help 1,000 families including: 5,000 thermal blankets, 1,000 tarpaulins and 1,500 kitchen sets for a family of 5 including cooking pot, frying pan and utensils.

The need in Peru

The initial quake had a magnitude of 7.9, and several aftershocks have followed. According to official figures, 510 people have died, more than 1,000 people are injured, and nearly 17,000 houses have been destroyed. Immediate needs for earthquake survivors include shelter - it is winter now in Peru, and people need to be protected from the cold. They also need access to clean water.

Locating loved ones

To locate Canadian citizens in Peru, please contact Canadian Foreign Affairs at 1-800-387-3124. To locate other nationalities living in the quake-affected area, please phone the Ministry of Health in Peru at (511) 315 66 00. The Peru Ministry of Health has published, and is continuing to update, a list of persons wounded in the earthquake. This can be accessed online at: www.minsa.gob.pe.

How can Canadians help?

Canadians wishing to make a financial donation may give online at www.redcross.ca, call 1-800-418-1111 or contact their local Canadian Red Cross office. The 24-hour toll free line accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Cheques should be made payable to Canadian Red Cross, earmarked "Peru Earthquake" and mailed to Canadian Red Cross National Office, 170 Metcalfe Street, Suite 300, Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 2P2. Donations of goods are not accepted.

The Canadian Red Cross is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which includes the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross and 185 National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Our mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world.

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