Barrick people from Peru and Canada have come together to support the emergency relief efforts in Peru, where an unusual season of heavy rain has left many regions across the country flooded and covered by mud.
The mudslides, known as Huaicos—a Quechua term—in Peru, have left a deluge of devastation across the country, killing more than 100 people and leaving another 140,000 homeless. The heavy rains have also affected crops and infrastructure, burying close to 2,500 kilometers of roads under mud and flooding more than 19,000 hectares of farmland.
The Company is supporting the local authorities in the cleanup efforts, providing equipment to clear away the mud in some of the most impacted areas in the city of Trujillo. Barrick also conducted preventive work in the area surrounding the city’s airport, which is the main connection between the La Libertad region and the rest of the country. On the region’s main road, the Company participated in the cleanup and provided consultancy services to bring traffic back to normal.
Lagunas Norte is located in the Santiago de Chuco Province, about 140 kilometers from Trujillo.
“The level of solidarity our Company and people have shown so far with the victims of this tragedy has been remarkable,” says Manuel Fumagalli, Executive Director in Peru. “For us, it’s extremely important to assist as much as we can with the relief efforts because Peru is not only one of our host countries—it’s also home to many of our people.”
The Company also donated water and non-perishable food items to the impacted families in Trujillo and Ancash Department, which is home to the Pierina mine. Barrick people in Peru volunteered with the distribution efforts in both regions. In the municipality of Jangas, the Company is working with local authorities on risk management plans that involve the cleanup of water channels lining the neighboring roads.
In Toronto, a group from head office raised C$3,650 to support the victims. Barrick’s Heart of Gold Fund matched the amount for a total donation of C$7,300.