On Friday 31 May torrential rains brought an onslaught of mud, trees and rocks to the city of Mocoa in Colombia.
A third of the region's expected monthly rain fell in just one night. Whole neighbourhoods have been crushed by landslides.
The landslide struck in the early hours of Saturday morning when many people were asleep in bed. Many families failed to hear the warnings - which meant they didn't have time to get out of danger.
Hundreds of families have been left without even basic shelter. Families have been torn apart. Frantic parents and grandparents have spent every waking moment searching for missing children - the death toll continues to rise.
We already have some aid stored in Colombia. With a team on its way and a second team in neighbouring Peru, we can be quick to respond. But the aid we already have in country is not enough - not nearly enough.
As the relief efforts continue, more and more people will need our help. We cannot greet these families with empty hands.
Help us give hope to these families, and thousands more around the world, who have been robbed of their homes.
PROVIDING A LIFELINE
We're no stranger to the South American region.
As well as our current assessment role in Peru, we spent many months last year delivering aid to families in the coastal communities of neighbouring Ecuador after a 7.8 earthquake struck.
When natural disasters and conflicts rob people of their homes, we can’t wave a magic wand to replace what was lost, but we can help create something new. We can provide people with the tools to start the process of their own recovery.
Find out more about ShelterBox and the families we help here.