Thursday 15 December 2011
ShelterBoxes reach flood victims in ColombiaPhotograph taken by SNPAD Coordinator Natalia Segura.
110 prepositioned ShelterBoxes from Bogota are being distributed to flood affected families in the Magangue Region by Colombia’s national disaster agency SNPAD (National System for the Prevention and Attention of Disasters).
Heavy rains over the past few months have caused floods and mudslides in the South American country, forcing thousands of families to leave their homes. Following an assessment by a ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) in December, a need for emergency shelter was found along the Magdalena River in the north.
‘Members of SNPAD have gone through training to deliver aid by ShelterBox on previous deployments to Colombia’ said Alf Evans, ShelterBox Operations Manager. ‘Due to the small scale of need this time and through our partnership with SNPAD, they are able to help us distribute aid effectively and successfully.’
SNPAD are making their way through the affected region delivering ShelterBoxes to the most vulnerable, providing families with a disaster relief tent and lifesaving supplies.
Photograph taken by SNPAD Coordinator Natalia Segura.
‘It’s been amazing seeing the smiles on families’ faces when we give them a ShelterBox,’ said SNPAD Coordinator Natalia Segura. ‘It’s incredible how the boxes give so much hope to children and adults alike. It’s a pleasure working with ShelterBox.’
SNPAD are continuing to distribute ShelterBoxes throughout the area, offering shelter, warmth and dignity to the displaced people.