Tuesday 14 August 2012
Philippine Floods - Latest Update
LATEST NEWS - SHELTERBOX RESPONSE TEAM IN MANILA
Flooding continues up to 3km inland from Lake Laguna and is likely to take 3months to recede. It's a massive task to house all those who have been left homeless. The ShelterBox Response Team has been upgraded and now includes, two Philippines SRT's Sonny Ongkiko (PH), Abner Tayco (PH), Peter Pearce (AU) from Australia, Ross MacKenzie (NZ) and Arnold Kelly (NZ) from New Zealand and another Kiwi, Owen Smith (NZ) an Advanced SRT member will be arriving in Manila shortly.
Ross MacKenzie said,"I have seen by boat large areas of uninhabitable houses, I have visited schools where displaced families are housed 16 families to a room and the new school term is about to start. Assessments are continuing today whilst we await Customs release of the 896 pre-positioned ShelterBoxes already held in the Philippines".
It is a very bleak picture here for the many thousands of people. The rainy season has only just started and they are floating already. The number families in need are most likely to increase dramatically, rather than decrease in coming months.
We have many families in need of our shelter but very little dry land to build on. The 7th Typhoon of the season has just gone by. The area experiences on average 22 Typhoons per year!, mostly between now and Christmas..
Arnold, Abner, Peter, Ross andSonny