ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) members Jose Ongkiko (PH) and Abner Tayco (PH) are assessing the need for emergency aid following Typhoon Nesat that hit the Philippines on 27 September.
The typhoon struck the Luzon region of the Philippines triggering flash floods, cutting power and halting daily activity in the capital Manila.
The residents of Manila had no other choice but to wade through waist-deep floodwaters, dodging branches and flying debris as the typhoon sent surging waves as tall as palm trees over seawalls completely submerging entire neighbourhoods.
The extreme conditions caused by the Typhoon Nesat have only worsened a city already severely affected by heavy monsoonal rains, prompting officials to order over one hundred thousand people to evacuate their homes in fear of further flash floods.
Tom Lay, ShelterBox Operations Coordinator, said: ‘Unfortunately the Philippines is an area which is vulnerable to disasters, as such we always have a contingency of boxes in the country ready to be deployed with the assistance of our affiliate, ShelterBox Philippines. We have experts in the area who stand prepared once the greatest need has been identified.
‘Our hearts go out to those who have had their lives traumatically disrupted by the latest cyclone to hit families in the area.’