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In Peru, the greatest emergency is represented by natural hazards such as earthquakes, landslides and floods, which have a negative impact on an economically and institutionally informal society with small capacity for crisis management.
Over the years, natural hazards (earthquakes in Arequipa in 2001 and Pisco in 2007, "Niño costero" with floods in the north of the country in 2013) have been the most severe and since 2000, COOPI's support has always facilitated proper and adequate management of these situations by local governments and urban and rural communities.
However, since 2018, the country has been hit by another serious emergency, the Venezuelan migration crisis, which has resulted in the displacement of more than 1,300,000 people to Peru, a country not used to integrate such large portions of population into its already fragile economy. In addition to this, the health crisis caused by the COVID 19 pandemic has worsened the situation of the already precarious Venezuelan migrant and refugee population, and created great hardship for the host population in Peru.
Currently, in this context, COOPI is trying to support both populations through initiatives to improve access to water, sanitation as well asprotection and prevention against COVID 19, without neglecting the autochthones communities in the Amazon regions of Loreto and Ucayali.