Puno’s freezing temperatures expected to continue until weekend

Freezing temperatures in southern Peru’s Puno department are expected to last until at least Saturday, according to the national meteorological and hydrological service,  Senamhi.

Temperatures in Puno dropped last week to their lowest levels this year. In the city of Puno, the temperature fell to -4C degrees, -13C degrees in Juliaca, -15C degrees in Crucero and -23C degrees in Masocruz.

Peru’s minister of Women, Nidia Vilchez, announced that 250 tonnes of food would be provided to residents in 65 Puno districts to help weather the cold, state news agency Andina reported.

The aid will be provided by the national program for food assistance, Pronaa.

In addition, government agency AgroRural will provide more than 4,000 sheds for livestock in Puno, which are an important source of capital for local residents.

This year’s cold spell in southern Peru has killed more than 110 people, according to RPP radio station. Forty-five people have died in Puno and 67 in Arequipa region.

The spell is not only affecting Peru’s southern highlands, but also its jungle regions.

In Puerto Maldonado, capital of Madre de Dios department in the Amazon rainforest, temperatures fell to 9C degrees, CNR radio station reported. Temperatures reached 10.5C degrees in the capital of Ucayali department, Pucallpa, and 15.5C degrees in Iquitos, Peru’s largest jungle city where temperatures are normally 20C-30C degrees.

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