Off the coast of Peru and Ecuador the ocean has warmed 5º C or more. This warming is known as the Costal El Niño and it is wreaking havoc on the land and people of those countries.
Today is the 4th day of no classes for students in Lima, as directed by the Ministry of Education. Because of the flooding, travel has been difficult if not impossible in some areas and most everyone has been affected by water shortages. The excess water, filled with dirt and debris, has overwhelmed the water treatment plants, shutting them down and cutting the water supply. Schools cannot operate if there is not a steady supply of water.
At home our basement cistern ran dry but the water tanks on the roof still held water; we did not run out completely. Three buildings down, where my mother-in-law lives, they were without water for about 12 hours. This is to say that we have been extremely lucky! A few hours with no water is nothing when compared to the destruction in other areas.
There are many organizations that are gathering items and money, the Red Cross being one of them. Please help the international effort if you can.