ShelterBox Helps Earthquake And Typhoon Survivors

A ShelterBox tent amongst the rubble of Lamberto's house, The Philippines.

A ShelterBox tent amongst the rubble of Lamberto’s house, The Philippines.

 

On 15 October, a 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit Bohol and Cebu provinces, damaging buildings and infrastructure and claiming multiple lives across the region. ShelterBox responded to the earthquake, sending a ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) to the affected area. 

Initial reports of the scale of destruction were delayed after the quake struck Bohol due to communications being down. Now almost a month later it is thought over 34,000 homes have been destroyed. 286 ShelterBoxes and 250 tents were dispatched to Bohal to provide shelter and protection to the families affected by the earthquake.

Only three and a half weeks later, the Philippines was struck by the largest recorded storm to reach landfall. With winds of 195mph, Super Typhoon Haiyan caused further damage to an already badly affected area.

Having weathered the storm on Bohol island, ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) member Mark Dyer (US) worked with colleagues to help local people and organisations which were only confounded further by the devastating Typhoon. ‘When we knew the typhoon was coming we advised people to lower the tents before the storm. So then went back to help people put these tents back up, so they will at least have places to live for the next few weeks.’

‘We will start rebuliding’ 

Mark says ‘The typhoon slowed down earthquake relief but after a day, it was back in full swing.’

 

Lamberto and his family with SRT member Jose 'Sonny' Ongiko (PH)

Lamberto and his family with SRT member Jose ‘Sonny’ Ongiko (PH)

 

 

Lamberto Humanel and his wife had their own home, which was destroyed in earthquake. Their children are grown up and have their own families. They invited anyone in the family who needed a place to shelter to come and join them. Lamberto, his wife, her two sisters and one of their adult daughters are all living in one tent – three of them are senior citizens. It took them three years to build their home, and it was destroyed in 30 seconds during the 7.2 magnitude earthquake – being impacted further by Typhoon Haiyan.

When asked what Lamberto is going to do about his house, he said ‘we will start rebuilding, I’ll probably have to sell some of the land that we have to raise enough money to get the building materials, but we will rebuild.’

Lamberto and his family were living among the ruins of their house, but now all five of them are sleeping in a ShelterBox tent. ‘We want to give a million thanks to all of ShelterBox for this tent, we are much warmer now at night, and I know because of this we will now have a much longer life.’

‘Response’ 

ShelterBox is responding to the aftermath of the earthquake and the typhoon. Mark Dyer has returned home from the Philippines, and another team have now arrived in the area to set up tents and provide lifesaving aid to more families affected by both disasters.

 

Two children remain resilient despite the earthquake and typhoon.

Two children remain resilient despite the earthquake and typhoon.

 

504 ShelterBox tents have now arrived in Manila, Philippines. Distribution of this aid will begin as soon as it has cleared customs. A further 224 ShelterBoxes and 576 ShelterBox tents are currently en route to Cebu, Philippines with airfreight courtesy of DFID. This shipment is hoped to arrive in the Philippines 13 November. Nine SRT members are carrying out assessments in Cebu, Bohol and Tacloban. Additional team members are also on their way.

An extra 200 ShelterBoxes destined for the Philippines were packed by warehouse volunteers at ShelterBox HQ in Cornwall yesterday. ShelterBox are looking to help up to 4,000 families in the Philippines in the immediate future, with potential for more help if it’s needed.

Thank you to everyone who has supported the Emergency Typhoon Haiyan Appeal so far.

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ShelterBox Aid Sent For Quake Survivors In Philippines

One of the tens of thousands of homes damaged by the quake that hit on 15 October, Bohol, Philippines, October 2013.

One of the tens of thousands of homes damaged by the quake that hit on 15 October, Bohol, Philippines, October 2013.

 

A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) is assessing the needs of communities affected by the 7.2-magnitude earthquake in the Philippines as ShelterBox aid is en route to the disaster-hit island.
Initial reports of the scale of destruction were delayed after the quake struck Bohol province on 15 October due to communications being down. Now almost one week later it is thought over 34,000 homes have been damaged.
Following updates from Filipino SRT volunteer Sonny Ongkiko, ShelterBox Operations sent Arnold Kelly (NZ), who has previous ShelterBox experience in the Philippines, and Tim Vile (UK) to assist Sonny with assessments.
‘The damage this quake has caused is prominent as we drive around the island,’ said Tim. ‘There are many communities where homes have been completely destroyed; others have been partially damaged. Families are being forced to sleep outside. Many roads have also fallen away or are blocked by landslides leaving many communities isolated.
Collapsed infrastructure by the earthquake that hit Bohol, Philippines, October 2013.

Collapsed infrastructure by the earthquake that hit Bohol, Philippines, October 2013.

 

‘We visited one fishing community where all the fishermen are frightened of returning to the ocean out of fear of tsunamis as there’s been so many aftershocks. We feel them daily. Apparently over 1,800 aftershocks have been recorded so far. The seabed has risen too preventing many boats to sail out to sea as the water level has become shallower. These people now have no home and no livelihood.

‘Horrendous scale of destruction’

‘The rainy season has just begun too so it’s a disturbing scene here. I’m ex-Fire Services after 34 years of working so I’m used to seeing people in crisis. This is not a short-lived crisis. It could go on for months or years as the damage is so widespread. It’s a horrendous scale of destruction for the municipal authorities to deal with.
‘Over the next couple of days we will continue with assessments to establish who is in most need for ShelterBox aid. Disaster relief tents, tool kits and water filters are some of the items currently being shipped to Bohol from prepositioned stock in the Filipino city of Clarke. By the time the items reach here, we will have distribution plan in place.’

Please help

To help families made homeless by disaster, like these in the Philippines, please donate here.

 

 

‘My Biggest Reward Came From the Filipino People’

SRT members Bill Woodard (left), Sonny Ongkiko (crouching), John Cordell (right) with Eric and Evelyn Nono and their five young children, Philippines, January 2013.

SRT members Bill Woodard (left), Sonny Ongkiko (crouching), John Cordell (right) with Eric and Evelyn Nono and their five young children, Philippines, January 2013.

Bill Woodard has just returned home to his wife and family in USA’s Washington state after deploying as a ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) member in cyclone-hit Philippines. Having completed the extensive SRT training in October 2012, this was his first deployment. Although he was able to put his training into practice and help families in need, his biggest reward came from the Filipino people themselves. 

‘Thanks to the leadership of Alice Jefferson, ShelterBox’s in-country coordinator, SRT member John Cordell (US) and those SRTs who proceeded me, much of the planning and hard work had been done prior to my arrival in the Philippines. My role was therefore to execute the plan.

‘John and SRT member Max Hogg (UK) saw to it that I got to put as much of my training in to practice as possible: cluster meetings, working tents through customs, the logistics of getting the tents to site, training teams to put tents up, and most importantly, evaluating families’ needs and helping put up their tents. By the time I left the Philippines I felt as though my ‘text book’ first deployment was productive and meaningful.

‘Friends’ 

‘But the real surprise and the greatest reward came from the Filipino people themselves. I left the Southeast Asian country feeling as though I was leaving friends behind; we shared so many common values, they were so open and friendly and in spite of all they had been through were still fun-loving.

Read more and donate here: PHILIPPINES

 

 

Help From Rotary in the Field in The Philippines

Volunteer Alfrancis Verdida (far left) with SRT member John Cordell (US) (far right) talking to a typhoon survivor, Mindanao, Philippines, December 2012.

Volunteer Alfrancis Verdida (far left) with SRT member John Cordell (US) (far right) talking to a typhoon survivor, Mindanao, Philippines, December 2012.

 

33-year-old Rotarian Alfrancis Verdida is from Iligan City’s Lanao del Norte in the Northern Region of Mindanao Island, Philippines. He is a nurse by profession but is currently helping ShelterBox assist families who have lost everything to devastating Typhoon Bopha. 

Alfrancis first heard about ShelterBox when Mindanao’s Iligan City and Cagayan de Oro were devastated last year by Typhoon Washi in December. His Rotary Club was involved in the emergency shelter response and he was sent as Illigan City’s representative to help ShelterBox set up tents. ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) member Abner Tayco (PH) trained him.

‘My sister-in-law and her two children were one of the tens of thousands of people affected by Washi,’ said Alfrancis. ‘She totally lost her home when logs and debris in raging overflowing floodwaters hit it. Many people lost their lives but my sister’s family was lucky. They decided to stay over my house that night because of the heavy rain, a decision that saved their lives.’

When deadly Bopha struck, Alfrancis saw on the ShelterBox Philippines website that SRTs were to be deployed to assess the situation on the ground.

‘I contacted SRT member Sonny Ongkiko (PH), rearranged my schedule and told him I was free to help out in any way I can to help deliver ShelterBoxes to affected families.

Read more and view a video of the destruction here: PHILIPPINES

ShelterBox Responding to Philippines Typhoon

Satellite Photograph by NASA - NASA’s Earth Observatory

Photograph by NASA – NASA’s Earth Observatory

 

An intense typhoon has carved a path of destruction through the Philippines leaving many families in desperate need of emergency shelter. A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) is being mobilised to respond. 

Typhoon Bopha struck northern Palawan with winds of 120 kilometres per hour and gusts of up to 150 kilometres per hour. Coastal, farming and mining regions were affected by the typhoon with Compostela Valley province, in eastern Mindanao, thought to have been the hardest-hit area. It is estimated that around 70 per cent of the region’s agricultural land has been damaged.

Many regions remain isolated due to power outages, lack of communications and damaged roads and bridges. Thousands of people are reported to be in need of temporary shelter having lost their homes to the typhoon.

SRT member Sonny Ongkiko (PH) has responded to several tropical storms in the region before. He will join SRT members from overseas and local Rotarians to assess the need for emergency shelter.