wednesday, 4 january:
110 prepositioned boxes have been distributed in the Magangue Region by ShelterBox’s partner, Colombia's National System for the Prevention and Attention of Disasters (SNPAD). Deployment is now complete.
thursday, 9 december:
A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) has identified a need for emergency shelter along the Magdalena River in the Magangue region of Colombia, following floods and landslides that have affected over 400,000 people.
SRT volunteers Mark Dyer (US) and Per Dahlstrom (CA) also travelled to the town of Plato, around 50 km north upriver from Magangue, to investigate further reports of flooding.
‘Many of the homes are completely destroyed or have a few feet of standing water in them,’ said Mark. ‘Many families have already moved a mile or so downriver to an area called Carmen del Magdalena to find dry land.’
There they met families who had received a ShelterBox one year before when floods affected the same area. They had stored the ShelterBox tents way until the floods came again last October. A newborn baby used one as a birthplace and first home and a 90-year old couple were using one as their last home, having lost their house and personal belongings in the floods.
The durable ShelterBox tents have become a safe place to reside for families who, for the second time, have been affected by floods in the region, providing shelter, comfort and dignity.
Prepositioned ShelterBoxes in Bogota are to be distributed to families in need by the Colombian government’s national disaster agency, SNPAD, who ShelterBox has been working closely with during the assessments in the South American country.
tuesday, 6 december:
The ShelterBox Response Team have found a need for aid in the region of Magangue and are currently assessing exactly how many boxes are needed. There are 110 prepositioned boxes in Bogota but the number to be distributed is yet to be confirmed.
thursday, 24 november
A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) has arrived in Colombia to assess the need for emergency aid following flooding and landslides caused by one of the worst rainy seasons the South American country has suffered in decades.
SRT members Mark Dyer (US) and Per Dahlstrom (CA) will be meeting with Colombia’s National System for the Prevention and Attention of Disasters (SINPAD) over the next few days to identify the areas of greatest need for shelter and lifesaving supplies.
The torrential rains have disrupted the lives of over 325,000 people, destroyed swathes of farmland and hundreds of homes.
ShelterBox’s efforts in its quick response to the current floods as well as previous disasters have received praise from the Colombian President and First Lady.