LATAM transports modular housing following Brazil floods

Source: ACNUR via LATAM

LATAM Cargo has been flying aid to Brazil to help people affected by floods in Rio Grande do Sul.

The carrier’s Boeing 767 freighters have helped carry 142 tons of donations to the region in southern Brazil since May 4 when heavy rainfall caused major floods.

Items transported through LATAM’s Solidarity Plane programme include food baskets, water, disposable diapers, blankets, and other essential items.

Most recently, the airline has transported the first shipment of 100 out of 200 modular houses donated by the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to support the relief efforts.

This initial 16-ton shipment departed from Bogotá and landed in São Paulo to continue its journey by land to the affected area.

“The transport of these emergency houses, known as Refugee Housing Units, to Brazil is the result of coordination between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Ports and Airports, and UNHCR, an ally of LATAM’s “Solidarity Plane” programme since April 2022,” the airline said.

“These mobile structures are intended for the flood victims in Brazil, becoming temporary emergency housing to provide better shelter and greater privacy for the affected families.”

The airline has also transported 102 volunteers, including doctors, nurses, veterinarians, and firefighters, free of charge to southern Brazil.

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Damian Brett

Damian Brett
I have been writing about the freight and logistics industry since 2007 when I joined International Freighting Weekly to cover the shipping sector.After a stint in PR, I have gone on to work for Containerisation International and Lloyds List - where I was editor of container shipping - before joining Air Cargo News in 2015.Contact me on [email protected]