Peru President: Gov't keeps monitoring Arequipa quake-hit areas

LIMA,PERÚ-MARZO 18.. Presidente de la República, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, y ministro de Transportes, Martín Vizcarra, durante sobrevuelo de las zonas afectadas. Foto: Presidencia.Foto: ANDINA/ Prensa Presidencia

13:00 | Lima, Jul. 18.

Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski on Tuesday affirmed the government continues to monitor emergency response efforts in Arequipa areas affected by a 6.3-magnitude earthquake on Monday night.

Addressing Arequipa Regional Governor Yamila Osorio via social media, the Head of State assured assistance has been sent to the southern region.

The statesman said heavy machinery would soon arrive to clear a stretch of Panamericana Sur Highway that was blocked by falling rocks as a result of the event.

In this sense, he announced First Vice-President Martin Vizcarra is on his way to Arequipa in order to supervise the said clearing works. 

Likewise, the leader said he had already arranged for "immediate support" by the Transport and Communications Ministry. 

Mr. Kuczynski thus responded to Osorio's request for aid. 

As is known, a 6.3-magnitude quake jolted Arequipa's Atico district at 9:05 PM Monday. 

It must be noted a 5.2-quake hit the said region in August 2016.


Published: 7/18/2017