Myrna Urot is one of around a million people in the Philippines who have been affected by flooding caused by monsoon rains and Tropical Storm Haikui in August 2012.
She lives in Muntinlupa city, where at least 4,000 families had to leave their homes as floodwater reached as high as the second floor of the buildings.
As the schools were on holiday when the floods struck, the local authorities were able to use the buildings to set up 13 evacuation centres. Myrna, her family and neighbours gathered what they could carry and went to Cupang Elementary School. So many people were affected by the floods that the school quickly became full and evacuees spilled out onto the basketball court outside.
When the ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) arrived to assess the area, there were 1,500 people at the school including single mother of ten Myrna.
‘The sports court was only half-covered and conditions at the school were wet and very overcrowded,’ said SRT member Arnold Kelly (NZ). ‘The children were due to come back to school and the local authorities were keen to avoid disruption to education.
‘The floodwaters remained waist deep and the families could not return to their homes. Officials from the Department of Social Welfare and Development said that it could be months before the floodwaters recede as the monsoon season continues.’
A total of 473 ShelterBoxes have been distributed in and around the capital Manila, meeting the need for emergency shelter and bringing the deployment to a close.
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