Stamford-based nonprofit helps Peru flood victims
As the death toll in Peru continues to rise following historic flooding around the country's capital, emergency response teams in western Connecticut are stepping in to help.
Americares, a disaster relief nonprofit based in Stamford, is on the ground in Peru.
Shipments of $7 million in medicine and medical supplies have already been delivered to impacted areas, and three more are on the way.
Americares Director of Emergency Response Kate Dischino says they have an emergency response expert in Peru to assess survivors' health needs.
Dischino says waterborne illness and rashes are a big concern following flooding.
With many hospitals and health care centers destroyed in the flooding, Dischino says it's important to get survivors the treatment they need.
Americares says it will stay in Peru as long as needed.