The state of Santa Catarina, located in the South region of Brazil, saw one of its worst natural catastrophes ever in the first days of the month of December, 2008. A violent storm fell upon various cities in this state with a fury and consistence never seen before. Blumenau was one of the cities most affected, which was pounded during five dramatic days with 300 billion liters of water. As a comparison, this volume of water would be enough to supply a large city such as São Paulo during three months.



This unbelievable quantity of rain provoked 4,000 mudslides recorded in the state, which resulted in more than 79,000 homeless or dislodged people who continue to fight hunger, pestilent disease, and the total loss of their homes and loved ones.

It was the greatest calamity that has ever taken place in Santa Catarina since 1852 when large floods began to be recorded. Donations and volunteers came from all over Brazil in an enormous humanitarian effort to try to minimize the suffering of so many families.

Volvo do Brasil tried to find the best way to join this chain of care and rose to the occasion with donations. Volvo trucks were used for transporting hundreds of gifts such as furniture, food, clothing, and medication. Volvo Construction Equipment participated in this task force by supporting Linck, its distributor in the affected region.

The Volvo Construction Equipment Customer Center in Curitiba sent 5 machines straight to Santa Catarina: an EC210 Hydraulic Backhoe, a G960 Grader, a L150F Front Loader, and two Mini-loaders models MC70 and MC90.

The company J. Rotaner made the transportation on planks for free at Linck's request and organized a convoy that was authorized to pass through the barriers set up by the Highway Police along roads with mudslides and interdictions. The trip took around 8 hours to cover the 300 km from Curitiba to Blumenau.

Linck made the technical delivery of the equipment and passed on all the operation conditions. The operators were provided by the Blumenau City Hall from companies in the city as well as those retired from the city administration itself.

Linck made the technical delivery of the equipment and passed on all the operation conditions. The operators were provided by the Blumenau City Hall from companies in the city as well as those retired from the city administration itself.