Deadly Typhoon Rai has affected almost two million people in the Philippines leaving 631,000 people displaced just before Christmas. The destruction to homes we are witnessing is truly harrowing. Cornwall-based disaster relief charity ShelterBox has said it will be providing emergency shelter to people in the Philippines following the deadly typhoon.
Teams at ShelterBox are readying themselves to distribute shelter aid and other essential items the charity has stored in the country to people whose homes have been damaged or destroyed.
With gusts of up to 150mph, the typhoon was equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane and one of the most severe storms in the world this year. Its path took it across areas of high poverty, and damage to communication lines, fuel shortages, and Covid travel restrictions are making relief efforts more challenging.
ShelterBox Chief Executive, Sanj Srikanthan said: “This deadly typhoon has left hundreds of thousands of people displaced just before Christmas and the damage to homes we are witnessing is truly harrowing.
“The Philippines is a country still rebuilding having been ravaged by storms far too often, but Typhoon Rai is on a scale our team there simply haven’t seen before. It has left large areas of the country decimated, and we are expecting the death toll and damage reports to get much worse.
“We’ll be responding with emergency shelter that we have stored locally to help Filipinos whose homes were in the path of the storm – many who haven’t yet fully recovered from previous disasters.”
The Philippines is one of the world’s most disaster-affected countries. Since 2004, ShelterBox has responded, on average, nearly twice a year.
Head of UK Giving and Supporter Engagement at ShelterBox, Alice Byron said: “The situation in the Philippines is desperate and that’s why we’ve launched a Typhoon Rai Appeal.
“We’ll be doing everything we can to help people whose homes have been destroyed or damaged. That’s possible thanks to our supporters who in times of crisis come together to help families who have lost so much.”
To find out more about the relief effort and how to help as families start to rebuild their homes, visit the ShelterBox website.