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Habitat for Humanity Argentina provides disaster response in Tartagal

February 18, 2009

Habitat for Humanity Argentina provides expertise and service to families who suffered flood damage in Tartagal, near the northern border of Argentina.

TARTAGAL, ARGENTINA (February 2009)—Calling on the collective experience acquired during the 2003 floods in Santa Fe, the response by Habitat Asia/Pacific to the 2004 Tsunami, and the Habitat International experience resulting from Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Habitat for Humanity Argentina has quickly put to action a disaster response plan for families affected by severe mudslides in the city of Tartagal.

Families who had fled the city found a traumatic scene upon returning to their homes, which were either damaged or completely destroyed by mud and water. Local news sources state that over 700 people were forced to evacuate the town as a result of the disaster. The mudslide, which destroyed an old railway bridge and devastated homes on each side of the river, had resulted from several days of heavy rains in northern Argentina and Bolivia. Habitat for Humanity Argentina is relying on past organizational experience to quickly provide disaster response expertise.

A team of Habitat volunteers will be helping families to return to their homes, cleaning up the houses and in the analysis of the housing situation. The organization has also set up a local bank account for donors who wish to contribute funds to the cost of clean-up and rebuilding.

For more information on how to get involved please visit Habitat for Humanity Argentina.

Read more about the disaster at BBC News.