The number of people left homeless by Saturday’s devastating typhoon has increased to 800,000 according to the latest United Nations estimate.
This morning, warehouse volunteers rallied to the ShelterBox headquarters in Cornwall, UK to pack 200 ShelterBoxes. These boxes will be sent to help families affected by Typhoon Haiyan. The typhoon was the biggest storm ever recorded to reach landfall, destroying buildings, wiping out villages and causing over 10,000 people to lose their lives.
ShelterBox aims to help up to 4,000 families and has launched a Typhoon Haiyan Emergency Appeal. With 504 tents en route now from Dubai to Manila and a possible onward flight to Cebu, this latest shipment of aid is set to arrive on Wednesday 13 November.
ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) members are already on the ground in the Philippines carrying out assessments in Cebu, Bohol and Tacloban. Mark Curnow (UK) arrived in country on Sunday.
‘Everyday that goes past we realise more and more the real significance of this disaster and the areas of devastation become more apparent’.
ShelterBox could not carry out any of its disaster relief work around the globe without the support of its donors and the outpouring of support for the charity in the last few days has been overwhelming. Several major media outlets and celebrity ambassadors have rallied by ShelterBox to help spread awareness of the response.
Acclaimed American author, Maureen Johnson, tweeted: ‘Reading about the Philippines. The typhoon has claimed the lives of 10,000 or more people. Never a better time to donate to ShelterBox.’
Everyone involved with ShelterBox is incredibly grateful and humbled by the support that has been shown so far. Our teams are working around the clock to ensure that we do all we can to help the families who have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
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