- Posted April 18, 2012 by
Lakewood Ranch, Florida
ShelterBox responds to floods in the Amazon
A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) is en route to Iquitos, the world's largest city that is unreachable by road and situated next to the left riverbank of the Amazon River, to assess the need for emergency shelter.
Reports say that the height of the Amazon River has surpassed its last record of 389 feet above sea level in the year 1986, causing flooding in many areas in and around Iquitos. Some 493,000 inhabitants are suffering from power shortages and there are reports of some people becoming alarmed by the appearance of strange aquatic animals.
UK-based Steve Crabtree is one of the SRT members who is travelling to the northern Peruvian city and said he is preparing himself for the challenges that lie ahead:
“We are flying to Lima to meet with local Rotary to discuss transportation options to carry out the needs assessment. Not only is Iquitos unreachable by road but it is also flooded so we need to look at travelling around by boats. The next stage is then to think about how to get the ShelterBoxes there if a need is found and also find suitable dry land to pitch the tents with access to water and sanitation services.”
UK-based Malcolm Shead, Mark Curnow and Rachel Simpkins are the other SRT members joining Steve on the deployment.