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    Posted March 19, 2012 by
    sarasota, Florida
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    ShelterBox Response Team assesses need in Peru


    Photograph taken from a previous deployment to Peru in March 2010, where floods affected the Cuzco region.


    Heavy rains and landslides have caused extensive damage in the mountainous region of Cuzco in southeastern Peru, home to the tourist destination of Machu Picchu. Reports say that thousands of people have been made homeless and almost 24,700 acres of crops have been destroyed.


    Local Rotary met the ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) as they arrived in Peru's capital, Lima, on March 18. They are providing the team with transport and logistical support during the deployment.


    US-based Response Team members John Cordell and Gary Boe are meeting with the National Institute of Civil Defense (INDECI), the South American country’s national disaster relief agency, to get the latest information on the ground.


    "Over the next few days, we are carrying out an assessment in and around Cuzco to establish those families who are in need of emergency shelter," said Cordell. "Many roads are blocked from the landslides so we are discussing transport options with local bodies to help us travel around."


    This is the second time ShelterBox has deployed to Peru in response to floods in the Cuzco region. Prepositioned ShelterBoxes in Panama will be sent to Peru if a need is found.

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