Sad news from Brazil

by Ruth Bücker,  2011/01/17

The situation in Brazil is aggravating further: it is raining continuously in the region around Nova Friburgo, which makes rescue operations more difficult. Many regions can still not be reached and it is impossible to evacuate the inhabitants or to provide them with relief supplies. The rain threatens to set off further landslides. The danger of epidemics increases with every single day the people are subjected to the humidity and these difficult circumstances.

The second humedica team before its departure to Brazil (from left to right): Katrin Hoffmann, Dr Martin Ulbricht (back), Simon Oeckenpöhler, Dr Rainer Berendes, Dr Dirk Laue (back), humedica CEO Wolfgang Groß. Photo: humedica/Steffen Richter

In the meantime, emergency accommodations for 105 persons who have lost their homes have been set up in the fortunately undamaged buildings of the humedica Children’s Village. Sadly, our coordinator Nils Stilke reported the terrible news that also children of our Sponsorship Programme are among the persons seeking shelter at the Children’s Village – they lost their parents during the disaster.

He also told us about local employees of the day care centre who have lost family members and whose houses have been swept away by mudslides. “Fortunately, the houses on the humedica property are still standing and we can therefore offer some shelter to the people, but everything is covered by mud and slush”, said Nils Stilke.

Five days after the devastating landslides the Brazilian authorities reported more than 600 casualties. It is to be feared that this sad figure will increase to more than 1000 persons, when all regions will be accessible once more.

The team headed by humedica CEO Wolfgang Groß, which departed yesterday (Sunday), has in the meantime arrived in Brazil and is currently on its way to Nova Friburgo. Due to the dismal hygienic conditions, lingering humidity and the insufficient supply with drinking water, our doctors are expecting that they will have to deal with surgical cases, as well as with skin infections and diarrhoeal and respiratory diseases.

Please support our work in Brazil by means of a targeted donation to the account below:
      humedica e.V.
      Donation reference "Landslide Brazil"
      Account 47 47
      Bank Code 734 500 00
      Sparkasse Kaufbeuren

You can also donate for the people in Brazil via our online form or by means of sending a text message: send the reference DOC to 8 11 90 and you will be charged 5 euros, with 4.83 euros of this amount being directly channelled into the humedica project work.

Note for media representatives

Our mission team members in Brazil will be pleased to give interviews. Please contact the humedica employees in charge.

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