Thursday 04 August 2011
Emergency shelter on its way to the PhilippinesPhotograph by Scott Robinson
ShelterBox has committed aid for families in need after flooding and landslides caused widespread devastation in the Philippines.
A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) found that hundreds of families have been displaced in the Bicol Region of the Philippines due to destruction caused by Tropical Storm Juaning (also known as Nock-ten). Many families have lost their homes and belongings and have travelled to nearby towns to seek shelter in dry areas.
SRT member, Scott Robinson (US), reported that 348 families are living in classrooms in an elementary school in the town of Agos.
‘Many of these people have lost everything they own and are making do in extremely basic conditions. ShelterBox tents will provide them with privacy and security whilst they rebuild their lives,’ he said. ‘We have also found great need in the nearby municipality of Polangui and Ligao city and we want to get tents and equipment to people in these areas as quickly as possible’.
ShelterBoxes will be transported from a storage facility in the Philippines and will arrive in the region shortly. They will be distributed to the families most in need by SRT members, Scott Robinson (US), Jose Ongkiko (PH) and Abner Tayco (PH), in coordination with the local authorities. Joey Salceda, Governor of the province of Albay, has given his full support to the ShelterBox team and they have received invaluable assistance from the Mayors in the region.
The ShelterBox team will continue to carry out assessments in other regions of the Philippines.