It’s been reported that flooding and mudslides have killed dozens of people in Venezuela and left more than 130, 000 people homeless.
Houston based CITGO has taken the extraordinary step to send humanitarian relief to the victims.
According to the news release below, a situation room has been activated in the office of CITGO’s president.
The company is not asking for donations at the moment, however, I will keep you posted and let you know if the situation changes.
HOUSTON – Dec. 19, 2010 — “As part of the humanitarian relief effort being undertaken by CITGO Petroleum Corporation to help Venezuelan flood victims, we have made eight air cargo deliveries with more than 450 tons of supplies to help 40,000 people,” said CITGO President and CEO Alejandro Granado, as he visited a reception and storage center set up for this initiative in Miami.
He added that “President Hugo Chávez, who has been at the forefront of efforts to help the flood victims, and Energy and Petroleum Minister and Petróleos de Venezuela President Rafael Ramírez, have directly requested the equipment, materials and other supplies that are needed in Venezuela. For the past two weeks, we have been purchasing the requested items and will continue to do so until completing, as soon as possible, acquisitions that will benefit 75,000 people.”
The CITGO president pointed out that the items being sent include 7,000 tents, of which 3,600 have already been sent, 20,000 cots, 10,000 bunk beds with their corresponding mattresses, sheets, blankets and pillows, as well as 2,500 AM/FM radios/flashlights. Other items included are lifts, boats, rubber boots, power generators and others.
“Those items that have not been sent yet are being purchased or are underway to our reception and storage center in Miami. From there, they will be sent to Venezuela. At the same time, we have activated a situation room at the Office of the Presidency at CITGO in Houston, and we have staff in Miami and Caracas so that they can offer their support to coordination and logistics efforts.
“We are coordinating, delivering and giving support in the installation of the temporary shelters along the Bolivarian Armed Forces, the Civil Protection Office, and PDVSA. We are also joining forces with the Plurinational Republic of Bolivia, which owns Transportes Aéreos Bolivianos (TAB). This company has transported most of the shipments and has offered its services with solidarity,” added the high ranking oil official.
Finally, Alejandro Granado highlighted that “the CITGO personnel is very aware of the emergency situation in Venezuela and we are motivated and proud of being able to help, with love and selflessness, with the goal of contributing to the wellbeing of the Venezuelan people.
CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by PDV America, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.