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Samaritan’s wallet rushes critical aid aboard the second airlift to southern Brazil

Our DC-8 cargo plane is en route to Rio Grande do Sul with shelter materials, supplies and disaster response personnel following catastrophic flooding.

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Update from May 13

On Sunday morning, May 12, our DC-8 aircraft took off from the Greensboro Airlift Response Center in North Carolina en route to Rio Grande do Sul in southern Brazil in a second airlift to transport aid to the flood-ravaged area. The flight has shelter tarpaulin and other relief supplies on board. Also on board were emergency personnel deployed to the area. Supplies from our first airlift (May 11) aboard our 757 are on the ground in the region and crews are preparing truck convoys for transport to the affected areas.

Heavy rains have caused landslides and flash floods in the region, killing at least 143 people, displacing more than 538,000 and cutting electricity to more than 1.4 million Brazilians.

On board the May 11 flight were personal water filtration systems, hygiene kits, blankets, solar lights and other emergency items. We also supply ten community water filtration systems, each capable of providing clean drinking water to up to 10,000 people per day.

“Please continue to pray for all those whose lives have been devastated by these floods as more heavy rains are on the way,” he said. Samaritan’s wallet President Franklin Graham.

On May 8, we deployed the first wave of DART personnel to Porto Alegre, the state capital, in response to critical needs in the flood-devastated area. We are working with local authorities and a network of churches in the region to develop a disaster response for devastated communities and to help meet the urgent needs of displaced families in this southern part of the country.

On May 11, our cargo plane 757 flew with relief supplies and teams to the south of Brazil.

On May 11, our cargo plane 757 flew with relief supplies and teams to the south of Brazil.

Rain from powerful storms began lashing the region on April 27, flooding entire cities, destroying critical infrastructure and knocking out power.

Please pray for these suffering Brazilian families and for our teams as we bring relief and the hope of Jesus Christ to affected communities.

Residents escape by boat from flooded communities in southern Brazil.

Residents escape by boat from flooded communities in southern Brazil.

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Thirty tons of emergency aid from Samaritan's Purse has arrived in the Bahamas.

International emergency aid When natural disasters strike or armed conflict causes people to flee, Samaritan’s Purse responds quickly to provide assistance to those in urgent need. We can provide food, clean water and shelter, among other things. One way we help in disaster situations is by distributing “family survival kits,” which include warm blankets, buckets with water filters, cooking utensils, soap and other daily necessities. For just $45 we can provide a lifeline to a family who has lost everything, helping them get back on their feet.


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