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“7 days without water or food”: state of emergency declared in the Peruvian Amazon due to oil spill

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  • BBC News World

26 September 2022

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Pollution affects the survival of indigenous communities in the area.

The Peruvian government declared this Monday a state of emergency in some areas of the Amazon, after they were affected by a spill of approximately 2,500 barrels of oil from the Norperuano Pipeline, on September 16.

The measure, announced nine days after the spill and which will be in force for three months, aims to mitigate ecological pollution, recover ecosystems and protect the health of local communities that have been severely affected.

It “has been shown that, from a route of 147.95 km (from the Cuninico ravine to the Marañón River), an area of ​​848,400 m2 of body of water has been affected” and that in these areas “artisanal fishing is also carried out” , as reported by the Ministry of the Environment in a statement.

Compromised water resources are the main source of supply for several local indigenous communitiesso contamination has left them without water to meet their basic needs for food and hygiene.

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