Disaster Relief Update - Typhoon Mangkhut

Published: 20 Sep 2018

Mission Aviation Fellowship has continued to assist partners bringing help to areas of the Philippines hit by super typhoon Mangkhut on Saturday.

An estimated 893,000 people have been affected by the typhoon, equivalent to a category 5 hurricane with winds of 152 mph, which killed 81 people, displaced 236,000 and damaged over 1,477 homes.

MAF has helped identify the location of thousands of people in storm affected communities through aerial surveys.

Our specialist role centres around the gathering and sharing of information that shows the scale and location of the need.

‘There’s good coordination and sharing of information between MAF, Medair and Ethnos 360,’ explains Disaster Response Manager Vaughan Woodward, who is assisting our partners to get food and shelter to where it is needed.

Aerial and ground surveys

On Wednesday 19 September, MAF, in partnership with Ethnos360 and Medair, undertook a more detailed ground assessment of four villages along the north eastern coast of the Philippines. 

The joint team visited Bolos Point, Valley Cove, Lenawan and Tabugan to assess the need for shelter and ascertain the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) needs in the villages.  

In the critical days following a disaster, communities are exposed and vulnerable to the elements and disease can spread quickly through contaminated water sources.

Rain and thunderstorms continue to make things difficult and in the four small villages visited, there are 174 households comprising more than 4,545 people that need help in the form of shelter or food.

Tarpaulins, ropes, rice and nails

Tarpaulins, ropes, rice, nails and tools where purchased by our partner Medair and delivered to communities yesterday. 

While the emergency supplies were being delivered, MAF staff and Ethnos360 staff (and their children) prepared shelter kits, cutting rope into 20-metre lengths along with tarpaulins and nails to help secure damaged roofs. Tool kits of hand saws and hammers were also provided. 

The team portioned 600kg of rice into 7kg bags for delivery today. The food provided is enough to last a family for five days. A further 600kg of rice is being prepared and an estimated 2.2 tons of rice are expected to be delivered today. 

Delivering aid by road, sea and air

Supplies are being distributed to each of the villages by the fastest, most cost-effective means. For the coastal communities of Bolos Point and Valley Cover around 1.5 metric tons of being driven north by road to meet a boat for a coastal delivery on Friday, when it is hoped the seas will be calmer. 

Today, three round trip flights in the Ethnos360 helicopter will be flown to Tabungan, a small community of 35 household village located in a mountainous area, where it is hoped the supplies will bring great comfort and relief.