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tuesday, 28 february:

A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) has been distributing emergency shelter on the Filipino island of Visaya to families displaced from their homes by a 6.9-magnitude earthquake that struck on 6 February.

Initial reports following the quake stated there was no need for humanitarian assistance. However Filipino Congress woman Joselyn LimKaichiong had heard about ShelterBox's recent deployment in Mindanao following floods that hit the island last December. She alerted the deployed SRT there through her Rotarian contacts saying that there was a need for emergency shelter in Visaya's southern province of Negros Oriental near Dumaguete city.

The earthquake caused giant waves that not only destroyed fishing villages along the coast but also caused two major landslides that resulted in another two villages being buried killing at least 65 people. Major roads and bridges have also been destroyed and aftershocks are being felt on a daily basis.

Consequently, thousands of people have been affected and many have lost their homes. SRT members Rikke Jacobsen (UK) and Abner Tayco (PH) have been distributing shelter in the towns of Jimalalud, La Libertad and Guihulngan using residual stocks transported from Mindanao.

The team has distributed a total of 61 tents bringing shelter, warmth and dignity to many families.

'The help that ShelterBox has given to the people of my district is tremendous,' said Congress woman Joselyn. 'We really appreciate the SRT members giving their valuable time to help us - thank you.'

The team has returned and the deployment is complete.

Monday, 20 february:

A ShelterBox Response Team is heading to Dumaguete in the Central Visayas region of the Philippines to assess the need for emergency aid, following a 6.9-earthquake that struck there.