A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) is en route to the Philippines after a tropical storm struck the island causing widespread flooding and devastation.
According to the Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Centre (NDRRMC) over 150,000 families have been affected by Tropical Storm Juaning (also known as Nock-ten), which made landfall in the province of Aurora on July 27.
SRT members Scott Robinson (US), Jose Ongkiko (PH) and Abner Tayco (PH) are travelling to the worst affected areas to assess the impact of the storm and to determine if there is an unmet need for emergency shelter.
ShelterBox Operations Manager, Alf Evans, said: ‘It’s been reported that over 100,000 people are in evacuation centres or staying with relatives and it’s not yet known how soon they’ll be able to return to their homes. Our team will work with local authorities to find out whether emergency shelter and equipment are needed and to ensure that we can help in whatever way we can.’
As well assessing the need for emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies in the Philippines, ShelterBox continues to respond to the drought throughout East Africa. This weekend, the first consignment of aid for the region is set to arrive in Ethiopia along with a second Response Team.
The Response Teams operating in the region are working with Save the Children and UNHCR to provide the most vulnerable families with emergency humanitarian aid.