ShelterBox Tents Save Lives in Philippines

SRT members Abner Tayco (PH) and Liz Odell (UK) speaking to one of thousands affected by Typhoon Utor, Philippines, August 2013.

SRT members Abner Tayco (PH) and Liz Odell (UK) speaking to one of thousands affected by Typhoon Utor, Philippines, August 2013.

 

Typhoon Utor wreaked havoc in Luzon, one of the largest Philippine islands, two weeks ago. The storm has not only displaced thousands of people but also damaged infrastructure including hospitals, affecting much needed medical services, particularly in the Aurora Province where ShelterBox has been assessing the needs of the communities.   
‘The hospital’s roof was completely blown off on the night the storm hit,’ said Dr. Nelia Diesta, the assistant hospital administrator in Casiguran municipality hospital. ‘We were forced to move patients to the small area of the hospital that remained intact which has meant that many patients are being made to stay outside under some tarpaulin. Patients are also being seen to slowly due to the lack of space.’
The hospital is already relatively small and serves four municipalities, it cannot close. Furthermore, rebuilding efforts are likely to take months to make the building safe again. Therefore a few ShelterBox tents that were already prepositioned in the country are being used to accommodate patients.
Damaged hospital in Casiguran, Aurora Province, Philippines, August 2013.

Damaged hospital in Casiguran, Aurora Province, Philippines, August 2013.

 

‘Lacerations’
‘There has been an influx of patients since the storm as it inflicted injuries, like lacerations, upon people,’ said ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) member Liz Odell (UK). ‘Setting up the tents here enables more patients to be seen per day quickly and gives them a clean private space to recover. It’s the only hospital for 100 miles and therefore a vital contribution to the communities’ wellbeing.’
The SRT continues with assessments in and around the capital city of Manila as heavy rains continue.
‘Even being from the Philippines, I have never seen such poverty and isolation,’ said SRT member Abner Tayco (PH). ‘Typhoon Utor has had a particularly destructive impact on the region as it was the strongest to hit in many years.’
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ShelterBox Toolkits Help Rebuild Lives in Philippines

Destruction left behind by Typhoon Utor in Casiguran, Luzon island, Philippines, August 2013.

Destruction left behind by Typhoon Utor in Casiguran, Luzon island, Philippines, August 2013.

‘It was like the end of the world for us,’ said Mayor Racky ‘Rick’ Bitong of Casiguran in the Philippines following Typhoon Utor. ‘95% of our evacuation centres were destroyed and the evacuees had to run to neighbouring houses. Thankfully no one was killed.’
Typhoon Utor hit Luzon, one of the main Philippine islands, early last week. Bitong continued to tell the ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) whilst it was carrying out needs assessments that even though the isolated area is used to storms, rebuilding efforts have been hampered as even the family-run small hardware businesses have been destroyed and are therefore unable to supply the communities’ needs.
ShelterBox is filling this need by sending toolkits from in-country prepositioned aid in Clark, Manila to be distributed in the area.
‘In my eight deployments, this is the toughest challenge I have ever had to face in terms of travelling through very rough terrain simply to reach the affected area,’ said SRT member Liz Odell (UK).
Mrs. Zaliver Baranguy Lual standing where her home and store used to be before the storm hit, Casiguran, Philippines, August 2013.

Mrs. Zaliver Baranguy Lual standing where her home and store used to be before the storm hit, Casiguran, Philippines, August 2013.

‘The community in Casiguran has no basic equipment to help them make repairs to their homes so the toolkits will be vital in the displaced people’s ability to begin rebuilding their lives.’
Fearing for their lives
The toolkits will help people like Mrs. Zaliver Baranguy Lual, who lost her house and her family’s livelihood, a small store on their property. While she huddled with her four children, her husband tried to keep their belongings secured under tarps. Fearing for their lives, they took shelter in a neighbour’s masonry home. That home, in turn, lost its roof during the storm and they were forced out again.
‘We were hugging all together and crying, frightened that we were all going to die, for several hours as the storm continued through the night,’ said Zaliver.
Thank you
Thanks to our generous supporters worldwide, Zaliver, her family and the rest of the community in Casiguran have the opportunity to start over and not only rebuild their homes but also their livelihoods.
This the first of many typhoons forecast to hit The Philippines this year, help us be prepared to respond quickly,