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ShelterBox heads to El Salvador

ShelterBox in Sumatra
ShelterBox recently sent aid to Sumatra after landslides there

Cornwall-based charity ShelterBox has sent a team to El Salvador to assess what aid is needed following flooding and landslides.

About 140 people have so far died in the disaster, indirectly linked to Hurricane Ida in the Gulf of Mexico.

ShelterBox response team members John Lacquey and Noel Currie are travelling to the country to identify where emergency shelter is needed.

The areas around the capital San Salvador were hit hardest.

The charity's operations co-ordinator Jessica Stanton said: "The hurricane did not directly hit El Salvador but has left torrential rain causing mudslides and destroying hundreds of homes."

Each ShelterBox contains a 10-person tent, blankets, water purification and cooking equipment, tools, a stove and other essential survival equipment.

ShelterBox recently sent aid to Sumatra after landslides there.

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