SALT LAKE CITY – As the number of homeless earthquake victims in Peru approaches 40,000 people, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is accelerating aid efforts. The Church has provided additional funds for its leaders in Peru to purchase relief supplies. The supplies will be donated to the country’s civil defense organization for distribution. More provisions will be loaded on trucks at the Church’s Salt Lake City humanitarian center, transported to Miami then flown to Lima.

Those supplies include:

  • Food boxes
  • Hygiene kits (assembled during a Church women’s conference in Utah)
  • Blankets and other supplies

Following last Saturday’s quake, Church leaders in Peru used local Church resources to provide water, food, blankets and tents to victims. Church meetinghouses have been used as emergency shelters.

Of the 100 Peruvian’s killed and 1,500 injured, one of the dead was a young Church member. Four other members were injured. One Latter-day Saint chapel sustained substantial damage, and there were minor damages to a few other buildings.