A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) continues to distribute urgently needed aid in the Philippines as fresh flooding stretches relief operations on the island of Mindanao. More than1200 lives have been reported lost and many thousands of people have lost their homes following the devastation wreaked by tropical storm Washi.
Response Team volunteer Abner Tayco said: ‘The evacuation site conditions are so unbearable, like the one in Macasandig Basketball Court where there are 2521 families. You cannot move to the other side without stepping on someone’s sleeping mat, it is so dense. Children are the ones most affected.’
Abner and his fellow Response Team volunteer Sonny Ongkiko, supported by Jess Nicdao of ShelterBox Philippines, have been working with Rotarians in the area, the Philippines military and other aid agencies on the ground to get enough aid for 600 families rapidly to the affected area.
The team will be joined on Saturday by SRT volunteer Arnold Kelly from New Zealand who has deployed to the region before. Arnold said: ‘The Philippines can certainly throw up challenges for us in all aspects of our job.’ Arnold will be assisting with the ongoing needs assessment and delivery of aid in the area.