Koinonia highlights importance of DRR training

Monday, January 16, 2012

Rio de Janeiro experienced what was considered to be the country's worst disaster last year, when 1,300 people were killed in devastating floods, according to official numbers, and many more according to organisations working in the field.

Last October, Christian Aid Director Loretta Minghella visited the flood affected area of Teresópolis. In a recent article about her visit, Minghella referenced Koinonia's help in distributing food items to at least 6,000 people.

Koinonia is working in the region north of “Cidade Maravilhosa”, with the support of an ACT Alliance appeal, which was supported by Christian Aid.

In a recent update from Koinonia’s Director Rafael de Oliveira, “the rain is around what was expected for this period. There is one area isolated by an overflowing river, and the destruction of a bridge that had been built by the community. Therefore, they cannot get their agricultural products out and it is risky to travel by foot.”

Families have been displaced from their houses in this and other areas due to the heavy rains of late, but “the capacity building conducted by Koinonia with Christian Aid and ACT Alliance support has been vital to mobilising people to leave their houses when there is some level of risk."

Other areas in the state of Rio and additional regions of Brazil are suffering from the rains, and despite governmental funding for disaster risk reduction, little has been done to prevent new disasters – highlighting the importance of helping communities understand how to mitigate and respond to them.

Please click here for more information about ACT Alliance member, Koinonia.