Australian Forces have been providing logistical support for ShelterBox in the Philippines, as the international disaster relief charity continues to bring emergency shelter and other vital aid to Typhoon Haiyan survivors in hard to reach areas of the Asian country.
The Australian Navy’s HMAS Tobruk transported over 300 ShelterBox disaster relief tents, vital water purification devices and mosquito nets to North Cebu, Central Visayas, helping ShelterBox continue to support those suffering most after the typhoon.
‘The majority of tents were taken to Santa Fe for distribution on Bantayan Island,’ said ShelterBox Operations Coordinator Alice Jefferson who has been managing the response in the Philippines since the devastating disaster happened six weeks ago.
‘The Australian Army has also been operating from HMAS Tobruk using boats that facilitated the movement of our relief tents as well as myself and another Response Team volunteer to Malapascua, a small but significantly affected island. We were able to immediately distribute the aid to the families most in need in a remote community on the north of the island who had so far received no humanitarian assistance or support.’
ShelterBox has also had help from the Australian Air Force. C130 aircraft have transported both ShelterBox Response Teams (SRTs) and ShelterBoxes to Tacloban city, the area hardest hit by Typhoon Haiyan.
’13-foot storm surge’
‘We were able to bring shelter and other essential aid to families in some of the locations that bore the brunt of the 13-foot storm surge and 195mph sustained winds. Up to 90% of homes are destroyed in the worst affected areas.
‘The Australian Forces have played key roles in our response, helping us help communities in need as quickly and efficiently as possible. We are very grateful.’
SRTs are now focussing their distribution efforts in Tacloban and Bantayan, working in partnership with Plan International and Handicap International.
Thanks to your generous support and donating to the ShelterBox Emergency Typhoon Appeal, we have committed enough aid to help shelter over 7,800 families in the Philippines, which will continue to be distributed over the coming months as rubble is cleared and sites prepared.