friday, june 8:
Prepositioned tents are in the country as aftershocks continue. All teams have returned and the deployment is now closed.
thursday, june 7:
A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) has been delivering emergency shelter to families in and around Modena who have been made homeless by a recent series of earthquakes in northern Italy.
Home to luxury sport car companies Ferrari and Maserati, the heavily industrial Emilia Romagna region is also famous for its balsamic vinegar works, vineyards, fine food and precision engineering. As such, many of the population not only have been forced from their homes but also from their workplaces as so many buildings are in ruins.
It was Danny Whear's (UK) first deployment as an SRT volunteer and he speaks about one of the worst-hit towns in the region: 'It was a strange sight in Cavezzo as all of the traditional buildings had been reduced to piles of rubble by the tremors but all of the modern buildings were still standing. What you couldn't see though was that everything inside was structurally destroyed, so in fact around 60 per cent of the buildings in the central district have been affected and whole communities have been relocated.'
The SRT has been working collaboratively with volunteers from ShelterBox Italy Center affiliate, Rotaractors from Modena, Mirandola, Carpi and Bologna, and the national Civil Protection agency to assess the need and distribute the much-needed tents.
Shelter, warmth and dignity has been brought to over one hundred displaced families with a total of 128 disaster relief tents distributed to those most in need in the towns of Medolla, Concordia, Cavezzo and San Felice.
wedensday, may 30:
Another earthquake struck the same region in northern Italy on 29 May, bringing down buildings that had been hit by the first quake and killing at least 16 people. More boxes have been sent to Emilia Romagna and another SRT is making its way there to assess further need.
The first earthquake hit close to Modena on 20 May measuring 6.0-magnitude. A second 5.8-magnitude quake struck the same area on 29 May, killing at least 16 people and bringing down buildings already damaged from the first one. Reports say aftershocks continue to spread fear among the local residents.
View more photos from the deployment on ShelterBox's Flickr page.
tuesday, may 29:
ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) members Graham Higginson (UK) and James Edgerley (UK) have returned home and the deployment is complete.
monday, may 28:
A 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck around 35 km north of the city of Bologna in northern Italy on Sunday 20 May. ShelterBox has been working with its Italian affiliates to assess the need for aid and a UK-based SRT drove there on Friday 25 May to distribute aid around Modena. The need has been met and the team is on its return home.