Super Typhoon Rai hits the Philippines

Millions of people were in the path of Super Typhoon Rai as it pummelled the Philippines. Donate today to help families affected by devastating disasters around the world.

Image: Distributions of essential aid happening in the Philippines, courtesy of Rotary Club of Cebu

ShelterBox is responding in the Philippines after Super Typhoon Rai (known locally as Typhoon Odette) caused widespread devastation after making landfall on December 16th, 2021. 

Typhoon Rai was the most severe storm to hit the country last year. With gusts of up to 240kmph, the storm was equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane.

More than half a million people are still without anywhere to live, and it’s still raining – making recovery efforts even harder.

The extent of damage is still emerging as communication lines are restored, with the number of homes damaged increasing with every new report. At the moment, we know that more than 800,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed, with almost 7 million people affected, and 407 people have lost their lives.

We’re working closely with local partners; the international response coordination teams; the Philippines Navy; and Rotary contacts to make sure we respond where the need is greatest. Check out the videos below for more information on how Rotarians supported our response.

Operations Update

Damaged communication lines and fuel shortages are making travel extremely challenging. But despite these challenges, we’ve helped more than 7,000 people so far, providing shelter kits, tarpaulins, and other essential items.

Phase 1 of our distributions in Cebu is complete. We’re moving onto the Bohol region to support 13,000 households. We can’t do it without your support. Please donate today to help families rebuild after Typhoon Rai. 

Your donation will provide shelter and other essential items for families affected by this terrible disaster. Any additional funds raised over what is needed will go towards our wider work, providing shelter to families who need it after disaster.

Typhoon Rai's Path

Super Typhoon Rai has caused devastation in areas with high levels of poverty.

3.8 million people who were in the direct path of the storm are already living below the poverty line.

In the day before landfall, Typhoon Rai rapidly strengthened from a Category 1 to a Category 5-equivalent storm. It made landfall in Siargo and travelled westwards across the Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas and Palawan.

Between 16-17 December, it made landfall nine times across seven provinces in The Philippines.

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