RELEASE: U.S. Air Force C-130 Aircraft In Peru To Support Relief Mission
Release No: 17-003
April 5, 2017
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At the request of USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, the
lead U.S. federal agency coordinating foreign disaster response efforts in
Peru, the U.S. Air Force has deployed two C-130 aircraft and supporting crew
members from Little Rock Air Force Base to assist in airlift operations
facilitating the transportation of humanitarian cargo and personnel to hard
to reach areas.
At the request of the Government of Peru, two U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft from Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., flew to Lima, Peru, April 4 to support ongoing U.S. disaster assistance to communities devastated by floods resulting from torrential rainfall in the country’s northern region.
The aircraft will support the transport of aid and personnel to areas impacted by the floods and will join the ongoing U.S. relief mission led by the U.S. Agency for International Development to help alleviate human suffering there.
The Department of Defense has also donated $270,000 for the purchase of water purification systems, portable solar generators and water pumps distributed to affected areas.
As part of its partnership with Peru, SOUTHCOM previously provided disaster preparedness assistance to the South American nation, including the construction of 13 regional emergency operation centers used by Peruvian relief personnel supporting victims of the recent floods.
U.S. Southern Command Public Affairs