ShelterBox is responding in the Philippines after Super Typhoon Rai (known locally as Typhoon Odette) caused widespread devastation.
Typhoon Rai was the most severe storm to hit the country last year. With gusts of up to 240kmph, the storm was equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane.
More than half a million people are still without anywhere to live, and it’s still raining – making recovery efforts event harder.
Damaged communication lines and fuel shortages are making travel extremely challenging. But despite these challenges, we’ve helped more than 5,000 people so far, providing shelter kits, tarpaulins and other essential items.
We have an in-country office in the Philippines and emergency shelter aid stored locally. Our teams will work with Rotarians and local contacts to reach families as soon as possible if our support is needed.
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UPDATES FROM THE PHILIPPINES
Super Typhoon Rai has left more than half a million people in the Philippines without a home.
Fortunately, families have already started receiving emergency shelter and other aid items like solar lights.
Distributions are led by ShelterBox Operations Philippines with support from our local Rotary contacts. More distributions will be taking place in January, and we’re hoping to reach over 9,000 families in total. We are also planning to deploy a UK team to the Philippines, to help with the response.
Watch as Walter Cang, Rotary Club of Cebu, gives an update from the Philippines.
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When disasters destroy homes, shelter is essential. Your donation will provide the tools and materials to create quality shelters, and rebuild lives.
Any additional funds raised over what is needed for the Typhoon Rai appeal will go towards our wider work, providing shelter to families who need it after disaster.
Typhoon Rai's Path
Super Typhoon Rai has caused devastation in areas with high levels of poverty.
3.8 million people who were in the direct path of the storm are already living below the poverty line.
In the day before landfall, Typhoon Rai rapidly strengthened from a Category 1 to a Category 5-equivalent storm. It made landfall in Siargo and travelled westwards across the Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas and Palawan.
Eventually the storm is likely to track back to Vietnam.
How will COVID-19 affect the response to Super Typhoon Rai?
Coronavirus can be a deadly risk for vulnerable families who have lost their homes. The impact in evacuation centres and host communities could be devastating.
We know that emergency shelter can save lives by slowing the spread of coronavirus. That’s why we need your support in emergencies like these.
Is Typhoon Rai linked to climate change?
Whilst tropical storms like Typhoon Rai are a natural part of our climate, the severity of a storm like this is likely to be linked to climate change.
Rising temperatures are causing storms to become much more intense and have a far more devastating impact.
The Philippines is used to powerful storms. It is hit by an average of 20 storms and typhoons a year.
When did Typhoon Rai make landfall?
Super Typhoon Rai made landfall in the Philippines on Thursday 16 December.
It hit the popular tourist island of Siargo with winds of 175kmph before travelling westwards across the Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas and Palawan.
How many people have been affected?
So far, around 13,000 families have been displaced from 60 affected barangays (source: NDRRMC report).
At present, there are no official figures for shelter damage due to the ongoing storm.
Mass evacuations have taken place. It is estimated that 198,000 people were evacuated from their homes to government shelters in advance of the typhoon’s arrival.
Banner photos from previous ShelterBox responses in the Philippines (Top: Typhoon Vongfong, Bottom: Typhoon Goni)