'Our emergency response resources are stretched very thin by these three sister disasters, all happening within a two-week period,' reports Colonel Hugo Pintos, commander of The Salvation Army's South America West Territory. He has asked for assistance from Salvation Army units from around the world.
A team of Salvation Army officers has travelled by four-wheel-drive vehicle from northern Chile into the earthquake-affected area of Peru to conduct a needs assessment.
In response to an urgent request from Colonel Pintos, International Emergency Services Coordinator Major Mike Olsen is travelling from International Headquarters to South America to help conduct the assessment and to provide immediate resources and assistance in meeting the needs of suffering earthquake survivors.
Major Olsen will travel to Santiago, Chile, where he will meet with a team to leave immediately for the Chile-Peru border. They will follow the earlier team into Peru and eventually extend their survey to the flood-swollen Zamora River valley in Ecuador, where over 1,000 avalanche survivors are being fed by Salvation Army teams.
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