LIMA – Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski said on Monday that his government is sending emergency aid to the southern region of Arequipa in the wake of an earthquake blamed for at least four deaths.
“We are bringing the necessary aid,” he said on his Facebook page.
First Vice President Martin Vizcarra, who also serves as transportation minister, “is already in the zone,” while Defense Minister Mariano Gonzalez has taken charge of relief operations, Kuczynski said.
The magnitude-5.2 temblor struck Sunday night in Caylloma province, according to emergency management authorities, who said the quake destroyed a church and a hotel and left 40 homes uninhabitable.
Arequipa’s governor, Yamila Osorio, said authorities will need time to obtain reliable information about casualties and damage, given the extensive damage to roads and the remoteness of the affected communities, located at an altitude of more than 3,400 meters (11,147 ft.).
“Three fatalities were reported in Achoma and six fatalities in the Yanque zone. We still can’t confirm (those reports) because we have not reached the zone,” Osorio told RPP Noticias radio.