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Mobility Airmen support Peru relief mission

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. (AFNS) -- At the request of the government of Peru, two U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft from Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, flew to Lima, Peru, April 4, 2017, to support ongoing U.S. disaster assistance to communities devastated by floods resulting from torrential rainfall in the country’s northern region.

The aircraft will support the transport of aid and personnel to areas impacted by the floods and will join the ongoing U.S. relief mission led by the U.S. Agency for International Development to help alleviate human suffering there.

The Defense Department has also donated $270,000 for the purchase of water purification systems, portable solar generators and water pumps distributed to affected areas.

As part of its partnership with Peru, U.S. Southern Command previously provided disaster preparedness assistance to the South American nation, including the construction of 13 regional emergency operation centers used by Peruvian relief personnel supporting victims of the recent floods.