It may be warm in parts of the US
, but in Peru
the government is trying to keep freezing people warm:
Peru’s government on Monday sent 18 trucks
carrying 97,000 blankets to villages in the Andean highlands, where the
populations endure freezing temperatures.
The blankets were sent to Puno, Apurimac,
Ayacucho, Junin, Huancavelica, Huanuco, Ancash and La Libertad regions,
daily La Republica reported.
The shipment is part of the national
government plan to provide support to people who are not properly
equipped to weather the cold.
Children and the elderly are often the most vulnerable to the cold temperatures, and every year a number of people in the highlands die during Peru’s cold winter months of June through August.
Last week, temperatures in the district of
Mazocruz, located some 4,000 meters above sea level in the Puno region,
dipped to -18 degrees Celsius, which is the lowest temperature in the
department so far this year.