ShelterBox Teams are responding in the Philippines
Also known as Ompong in the Philippines, Typhoon Mangkhut has ripped through the Philippines’ main island of Luzon. Its high winds and torrential rains have damaged almost all buildings in the city of Tuguegarao.
Typhoon Mangkhut, made landfall Saturday, September 15th at 01:40 local time in Baggao (Cagayan Province) as a Super Typhoon (comparable to a category 5 hurricane). The storm sustained on land wind speeds of 200 km/h, gusting 285 km/h, as well as storm surges of rising water 3-4 meters high. More than 2 million people have been affected while over 117,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed.
Heavy rains caused flooding and landslides, particularly in the west. Many areas of the country are still without power and communication networks are damaged. Teams were able to communicate with local contacts including Rotary partners to better understand emergency aid needs. Aid has made its way to communities from the city of Cebu where aid is locally stored to help families even faster.
The Philippines is one of the world’s worst disaster-affected countries. We have responded there 24 times in 13 years – more frequently than any other country.
Teams arrived in the Philippines and quickly began planning and assessing. Find out more about the planning process with a special update from Rachel!
Your Aid on the Ground
Response Teams on the ground are focusing aid efforts in three specific municipalities – Gonzaga, Buguey, and Santa Teresita.
These municipalities were carefully chosen based on where other aid agencies are not working to make sure vulnerable groups are not overlooked.
Thanks to our supporters 1042 families have received the aid they need to recover! Aid items include ShelterKits, solar powered lights, and locally sourced Typhoon strapping. Customizing aid to families specific needs is vital to recovery, and thanks to ShelterBox Operations Philippines and local Rotary contacts, response teams have expertise in the needs of these areas. Ensuring that beneficiaries understand not just how to use aid items, but the importance of the items is also integral to successful recovery after disaster. Affected families are receiving the aid they need to rebuild, and the training they need to recover faster.