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Shelterbox team return from Italy after deadly earthquake

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A team from the Cornish charity Shelterbox are on their way home after helping with the relief effort in Italy following last week's earthquake.

The severe 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck south-east of the Italian city of Perugia last Wednesday.

The death toll from the disaster has risen to nearly three hundred.

ShelterBox, based in Helston but shortly to move to Truro, sent a team within 24 hours to the remote mountainous area of Italy that suffered the major quake.

The charity says they'll continue their work - and might possibly return to help farmers in remote areas.

Many farmers' houses may have been damaged or destroyed and the charity want to offer aid items to help the rural economy recover.

‘The Italian authorities have very efficiently met shelter, medical and other needs. The proximity to Rome, and the high proportion of properties here owned as holiday homes, have been factors in a generally effective response.’

‘But we have been discussing a possible niche role for ShelterBox, helping farmers in remote areas to continue with their livelihoods after this damaging blow. We will carry on discussing with the agricultural network Confederazione Italiana Agricoltori and its subsidiary, the Young Farmers of Lazio, how we may be able to offer aid items to help the rural economy recover.’

‘Farming and agri-tourism are the lifeblood of this area, and many of the farms and homesteads are isolated and inaccessible. Farmers’ houses may have been damaged or destroyed, yet cattle still have to be attended and harvests gathered in. We are urgently constructing a plan with the Italian authorities that we hope will allow us to aid farmers in recovering from this week’s awful events.’

– Phil Duloy, Shelterbox