R.E.A.C.T. Peru Earthquake

An earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale hit the central south coast of Peru on Wednesday, August 15th, 2007 at 6:40 p.m. With its epicentre 167 km south west of Lima, the earthquake has caused major devastation in the region. Hundreds have been killed and injured. More than 85,000 people are left without homes and requiring shelter in the midst of a cold weather spell that is affecting Peru.

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Would you like to donate product to NGOs who are responding to this crisis?

You are welcome to place an offer of goods or services on the Global Hand site. Validated Global Hand members will be able to respond to your offer and use the goods in an appropriate and responsible manner. Please indicate in the description of your offer that you would like the goods to go Peru earthquake relief.

Alternatively, you may wish to search Requests that have already been made on our site in response to the disaster.


The following goods are needed and have been requested in response to this situation:

  • IMMEDIATE NEEDS: financial donations, water treatment supplies
    • Financial donations – for information on how to donate refer to the Peruvian Embassy in the UK website.
    • Urgently needed vaccines – Influenza, Hepatitis B, Rotavirus
  • Other medicines & medical products – refer to the Peruvian Embassy in the UK website for details.
  • Emergency medical care and medical supplies
  • Food (nutritional), water, water containers, kitchen sets and stoves
  • Tents, blankets & shelter materials
  • Water purification tablets, water purification equipment
  • First-aid kits
  • Hygiene kits
  • Power generators
  • Family household kits (cooking utensils, plastic sheeting, tools, torches, stoves)

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Regarding donations of non-perishable goods, the Servicio Nacional de Sanidad Agraria (SENASA) has adopted the following measures to facilitate their entry to Peru given the current circumstances:

  • Vegetable products that are canned, bottled or otherwise preserved and under the fitosanitary risk category (CRF) “0” need not meet any fitosanitary requirements for their entry through Peruvian Customs.
  • Vegetable products under fitosanitary risk category (CRF) “1” such as industrially dried fruits, flours and similar items contained within this risk category are only subject to fitosanitary inspection by SENASA personnel at the entry point.
  • Grains destined towards consumption and other dried fruits, both considered within the fitosanitary risk category (CRF) “3”, SENASA will establish a special procedure for the entry of these donations according to the complementary provisions laid out in the Reglamento de Cuarentena Vegetal (D.S. No 032-2003-AG).
  • Regarding products of animal origin that fit into the low risk category, sterilized lactose products, mixed or of a high degree of industrialized processing and canned products that contain ingredients of animal origin, will only be subject to zoosanitary inspection by SENASA personnel at the entry point.

For further information, please contact SENASA, at:


Who works in Peru

Search this page on the Global Hand website to find organisations responding to the earthquake, or which are routinely active in Peru.

Several organisations within the Global Hand community are responding to this situation, including:

Other organisations include:


  • Ministerio de Salud: The Ministerio de Salud (Ministry of Health) has opened a hotline for enquiries: (511) 315-6600, extensions 2239 and 2788.
  • British Embassy and Consulate in Peru: The British Embassy and the British Consulate in Lima are closed due to structural damage assessment. There is a “crisis centre” hotline that has been set up in London for enquiries regarding British nationals: 020 7008 0000
  • INDECI.- (Instituto Nacional de Defensa Civil): The Instituto Nacional de Defensa Civil (INDECI) is the entity responsible for coordinating the aid efforts in Peru.
    • Módulo de comunicación de INDECI (General Communications) 226-2291
    • Dirección Nacional de Operaciones (National Directorate of Operations) 224-2355
    • Centro de Operaciones de Emergencias (Emergency Operations Centre) 224-1685 224-1687
    • Web Page


Regions / countries / territories

Africa: Niger Americas: Peru


Peru: Earthquake - Aug 2007