As the official death-toll in the Peruvian earthquake rises to fifty thousand, urgently-needed relief supplies were flooding into the country.
As the official death-toll in the Peruvian earthquake rises to fifty thousand, urgently-needed relief supplies were flooding into the country. Food, blankets, tents, water and medical supplies were among the items flown into the major reception point, a Peruvian Air Force base near the capital, Lime, on Sunday.
Among the first countries to fly in supplies for the diaster area, were Cuba, Ecuador, Venezuela and the United States. The Red Cross also began shifting relief to be air dropped into the earthquakes zone.
One of the most urgent needs for relief workers are helicopters. One flown in on Sunday (June 7) in United States Air Force Hercules cargo aircraft. This helicopter was pressed into immediate service. Today (Tuesday) the U.S. aircraft carrier Guam anchored off Lima to provide more helicopter support to the massive relief operation.
Latest reports from the area indicate that the death toll may yet rise. Peruvian government officials say, however that an epidemic of typhoid which was once feared in now under control.
Meanwhile, help is arriving daily in Peru from all over the world.