Peru Declares Emergency In Ica Following Quake

Peru’s government on Thursday declared an emergency in the country’s southern Ica region due to the extensive damage caused by an earthquake earlier in the week, according to daily El Comercio.

Cabinet Chief Oscar Valdes said that the government will provide 2 million soles (approximately $750,000) for works in the area affected by the quake.

Valdes said the quake caused the collapse of Ica’s sewage system, and announced that the Minister of Women, Ana Jara, will oversee the works.

Early Monday morning, Ica was hit by a magnitude 6.3 earthquake. More than 100 people were injured from the quake, according to the government.

Damages from the quake were minor compared to August 2007 when a magnitude 8 earthquake hit the department resulting in hundreds of deaths.

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