Super Typhoon Mangkhut (known locally as Ompong), blasted through the Northern Coast of the Philippines on the 15th of September, with strong winds and heavy rain flattening complete communities.
Meteorologists reported winds of 205km/h, and gusts of up to 255 km/h, making Mangkhut the world’s strongest storm so far this year.
This storm has been compared to Typhoon Haiyan — a storm that struck the Philippines in 2013 and was one of the strongest storms ever recorded. The incoming high winds and torrential rains could cause widespread damage to thousands of homes across the region.
ShelterBox has sent a team of experienced staff and volunteers to the Philippines, to help families in the path of super Typhoon Mangkhut. The team will be working with families in the region to understand what they need, and how our aid can help them recover. It is likely that we will focus on tarpaulins and tool kits and other essential household items.
We are in discussions with local Rotary contacts to understand how we can assist, together with other organisations who are coordinating the responses locally.
We have enough shelter aid stored locally in the Philippines to help 2,000 families straight away, with more aid readily available. Reports have predicted a severe humanitarian impact.
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