Thursday 07 August 2008
Aid sent to Ukraine where an estimated 30,000 people have been made homeless
Damage caused by flooding in the Ukraine.
ShelterBox has responded to news of severe flooding in Central and Eastern Europe by sending much-needed aid for the estimated 30,000 people who have been displaced by the disaster. ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) members Shaun and Carol Halbert, from Truro, Cornwall, flew to Budapest in Hungary this week and are travelling into the disaster zone to carry out an assessment of the need for aid in the affected areas. ShelterBox plans to send 200 boxes of aid overland from the UK to the Ukraine, containing essentials such as ten-man tents, blankets, cooking equipment, tools and water purification kits. Shaun Halbert, ShelterBox Response Team, said: “We are currently in Rakhiv in the Ukraine, which is close to the Romanian border. Here, around 85 homes have been destroyed or severely damaged in flooding and resulting landslides. Next, we will travel further into the disaster zone to the more remote villages, to assess their situation and need for aid."