|SALT LAKE CITY — Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints in Peru are supplying aid to victims of
Saturday’s earthquake that rocked Arequipa, Moquegua, Tacna and
Approximately 330,000 members of the Church live in Peru, forming
some 840 congregations. Church leaders in the affected areas are
presently using available resources to respond to the needs of
Water, food, blankets and tents are being distributed to Church
members and other victims. These relief supplies are being purchased
locally using fast offering funds of the Church.
The Church’s area presidency responsible for that part of South
America is assessing the need for further assistance. The assessment
will help determine what additional aid will be provided.
All missionaries are reported safe. One death among Church
members occurred when a wall fell on a child. Two other Church
members suffered serious injuries in the quake.
Damage to member homes is still being assessed. Early reports
indicate some Church meetinghouses have been damaged.
Where it is safe to do so, Church meetinghouses are being used as
emergency shelters for many left homeless by Saturday’s disaster.
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