- Posted December 5, 2012 by
ShelterBox responding to Philippines Typhoon
Typhoon Bopha struck northern Palawan with winds of 120 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 150 kilometers per hour. Coastal, farming and mining regions were affected by the typhoon with Compostela Valley province, in eastern Mindanao, thought to have been the hardest-hit area. It is estimated that around 70 percent of the region’s agricultural land has been damaged.
Many regions remain isolated due to power outages, lack of communications and damaged roads and bridges. Thousands of people are reported to be in need of temporary shelter having lost their homes to the typhoon.
SRT member, Sonny Ongkiko (PH) has responded to several tropical storms in the region before. He will join SRT members from overseas and local Rotarians to assess the need for emergency shelter.
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