Helston's Shelterbox charity helps flood hit families in Africa

Falmouth Packet: Flooding in Masvingo province, Zimbabwe, February 2014. Image: David Coltart Flooding in Masvingo province, Zimbabwe, February 2014. Image: David Coltart

Helston based ShelterBox is responding to flooding in Zimbabwe’s Masvingo province after 2,000 families were forced out of their homes by rising water.

The families had been living along the river basin near the partially constructed Tokwe Murkosi dam. Incessant rains, rare during this time of year, created fears that the dam was going to overflow. Instead, the river has caused severe flooding that has damaged thousands of homes positioned along it.

ShelterBox response team volunteer Phil Wheeler lives in Harare, around 400 km from the affected area.

‘The government has declared a state of disaster and thousands of families are currently being evacuated from their flooded homes,’ said Phil.

‘We’re working with the International Organization for Migraiton (IOM), who is leading the response in the areas of emergency shelter, mobile health services and other vital aid, in partnership with relevant government departments.

Whilst ShelterBox will be carrying out needs assessments with partners, it has been estimates that a further 60,000 people downstream from the disaster area are reported to be at risk of flooding if the rain persists.

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10:54am Sat 22 Feb 14

rwarwicker says...

How about helping those in our own country first?
How about helping those in our own country first? rwarwicker

8:56pm Sat 22 Feb 14

ronedgcumbe says...

With the poverty and with so many local people in need of a a meal this seems a bit perverse.
Surly in these times of need we shoul feed our self first.
With the poverty and with so many local people in need of a a meal this seems a bit perverse. Surly in these times of need we shoul feed our self first. ronedgcumbe

11:11pm Sat 22 Feb 14

yavannah says...

What about helping the homeless sleeping rough in the UK, starting with those here in the south west of England?
What about helping the homeless sleeping rough in the UK, starting with those here in the south west of England? yavannah

7:58am Sun 23 Feb 14

Gillian R.Z. Martin says...

ronedgcumbe wrote:
With the poverty and with so many local people in need of a a meal this seems a bit perverse.
Surly in these times of need we shoul feed our self first.
As you are probably aware, Shelter box do not supply food, they supply a tent, blankets, ground sheets, water purification equipment, cooking utensils, solar lamps, mosquito nets, basic tool kit etc.
I agree with rwarwicker that maybe some tents in this country might help some people that have been flooded, but wherever the tents are used, it will have no bearing on the poverty and meals supply to those in need in this country, as Shelter box relies on donations as a charity.
[quote][p][bold]ronedgcumbe[/bold] wrote: With the poverty and with so many local people in need of a a meal this seems a bit perverse. Surly in these times of need we shoul feed our self first.[/p][/quote]As you are probably aware, Shelter box do not supply food, they supply a tent, blankets, ground sheets, water purification equipment, cooking utensils, solar lamps, mosquito nets, basic tool kit etc. I agree with rwarwicker that maybe some tents in this country might help some people that have been flooded, but wherever the tents are used, it will have no bearing on the poverty and meals supply to those in need in this country, as Shelter box relies on donations as a charity. Gillian R.Z. Martin

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