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Cornwall's ShelterBox in Pakistan
Flooding in Pakistan
Flooding in the Khyber Pukhtunkhwa leaves many homeless

The summer is proving to be a busy time for Cornish charity ShelterBox.

The Helston based organisation has been busy preparing their green boxes to aid the victims of Pakistan floods.

Within days the country will have 1000 ShelterBoxes.

There are 400 already in Pakistan, with a further 600 on the way.

ShelterBox has spent many years rapidly responding to disasters throughout the world.

Mendosa family with their ShelterBox
The Mendosa family lost their home in the Brazilian floods

The charity, although founded and based in Cornwall, has volunteers globally who head to disasters immediately. On average ShelterBox responds to at least one disaster every six weeks.

Although Pakistan's floods are very much in the news, ShelterBoxes have also made their way to other parts of the world where they're currently desperately needed.

Massive flooding in the Pernambuco and Alagoas regions of Brazil this summer has left tens of thousands of families homeless.

For the past month ShelterBox members have been in Brazil ensuring their green boxes reach as many families as possible.

This area of Brazil is prone to flooding and in May last year floods of a similar magnitude displaced an estimated 380,000 people.

ShelterBox is also responding to a devastating tropical storm which has ravaged large parts of Central America and forced tens of thousands of people out of their homes.

Tropical Storm Agatha slammed into Guatamala dumping more than 3ft of rain in the mountainous west of the country and in neighbouring El Salvador.

The torrential downpours killed nearly 150 people and left more than 94,000 homeless as the storm buried homes under mud.

Last November ShelterBox responded to Hurricane Ida which caused flooding and mudslides that killed at least 150 people as it moved through the region.

The first ever consignment of 143 boxes was sent to earthquake victims in the Indian state of Gujarat in January 2001.

In just over 10 years ShelterBox members have worked on every continent, responding to earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, typhoons, hurricanes, volcanoes and conflicts.




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