On the morning of 16 August 2007, an earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale off the coast of southern Peru claimed more than 500 lives and caused widespread damage. At least 150,000 people were affected.
Oxfam teams and local partner organizations provided assistance to the affected population, especially in rural areas around Pisco and Ica where access is difficult and the need for water and sanitation is most desperate.
We rehabilitated drinking water sources and provided sanitation systems, as well as providing temporary shelter and medical supplies. We also supported the revival of the local economy through agricultural loans and cash-for-work programs.
In the months immediately following the earthquake, Oxfam supplied temporary shelter for 2,666 families, and provided clean water and sanitation for 2,854 families.
We also supported the construction of 91 temporary classrooms to ensure the academic year could continue.