Saturday 17 September 2011
ShelterBox ready to deploy aid in flood hit Brazil
Floods and landslides have hit Brazil for the second time this year
ShelterBox are assessing the need for emergency aid in Brazil following flooding and landslides in the South East state of Santa Catarina.
An estimated one million people have already been affected with thousands left homeless after a week of torrential rain that has hit 96 cities within the region. The floodwater has reached twelve metres high in some areas and is the largest flood in the region for 50 years.
There are 242 ShelterBoxes prepositioned in country ready to be deployed when the area of most need has been identified. ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) member David Hatcher (UK) will be arriving in Brazil on 17 September to join fellow SRT member Walter De Dedieros Fihlo (BRA) and Rotarian Conrado Orsatti.
Laura Dale, who was deployed to Rio de Janeiro in January as part of a SRT following a similar disaster, said: ‘It’s terrible the country have to face the loss of homes and communities again. But with the help of our Brazilian affiliates and the prepositioned stock, I’m sure ShelterBox will respond to make sure the aid goes to those families in most need.’