Emergency response to global floods
The start of 2011 has seen torrential rain cause floods across the globe. Flooding is affecting thousands of families and a huge global effort from ShelterBox is underway to provide emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies to those in desperate need.
‘This is a time of great need for many families and through a concentrated global response we’re doing everything we can to help.’ said ShelterBox Operations Manager Alf Evans.
More than 1,200 ShelterBoxes have been distributed in Colombia since the start of December and today another 400 are flying to the country on a C-17 Globemaster aircraft provided by the UK’s Ministry of Defence.
SRT members and representatives from ShelterBox Brazil are working hard with the local authorities to find safe sites for the distribution of 400 ShelterBoxes.
SRT members have distributed 200 ShelterBoxes to families in some of the most remote places of South America. More than 24,000 people have been affected by the flooding since the start of December last year.
ShelterBox Head of Operations John Leach added: ‘It’s been a busy start to the year for us and we’re tremendously fortunate that we always have an enormous level of support, from our donors, from our SRTs and from our volunteers.’
Pics from the top
1.Columbian family in a ShelterBox tent
2. Map of areas affected by Columbian floods
3. Families in Columbia putting up ShelterBox tents
4. ShelterBox distribution sites in Brazil
5. Flooding in Brazil