May 16, 2022 7:40 am

The Government of Peru requests help from the UN after the oil spill caused by the tsunami in Tonga

The consequences of the eruption and the subsequent tsunami in Tonga have also been felt on the other side of the Pacific, in Peru, where it has caused an oil spill that is affecting two natural parks.

After the disaster, the Government of Peru has asked the United Nations this Friday for technical support to assess the impact and response measures of the spill.

The Organization has immediately activated the emergency care protocols in order to make the necessary technical support available to the Peruvian Executive through a mission of experts in environmental disasters.

According to the authorities, the spill is affecting two nature reserves in the South American country and affecting the livelihoods of terrestrial and underwater life in the affected region.

Presidency of Peru

Oil spill on the coast of the Ventanilla district in the constitutional province of Callao, Peru, as a result of the abnormal tide caused by the volcanic eruption in Tonga.

Experts on the go

The UN expert group of experts will arrive in Peru in the coming days and will advise the authorities on the management and coordination of the response. Likewise, it will carry out an approach of effective actions to reduce the risk of future disasters in the country.

The assistance will be coordinated by the UN Peru Resident Coordination Office and led by the Joint Environment Unit (JEU), made up of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs of the UN (OCHA) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), entities in charge of coordinating international efforts to respond to environmental disasters and their humanitarian impacts.

The United Nations System in Peru reiterates its commitment to continue supporting the Government and people of Peru in this environmental emergency.

The UN resident coordinator, Igor Garafulic, met with the authorities on Thursday and guaranteed the support of his entire team in the fight against the ecological disaster.

Reference-news.un.org

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