Dear ShelterBox Canada Supporter,
With winds topping 300 kph and gusts up to 379 kph, Super Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda), which struck the Philippines yesterday evening, is predicted to be the largest storm ever recorded, surpassing Hurricane Camille in 1969.
Reports say more than 12 million people are at risk from the storm, including the population of the country's second largest city, Cebu. Thousands of people have been evacuated and thousands more have fled their homes as the category 5 storm approached. Powerlines have been overturned as 15 ft waves crashed against the islands of Leyte and Samar in the central Philippines.
ShelterBox currently has a team based in the country, responding to a 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Bohol on October 15. They will now assess need associated with the typhoon.
Our team in the country took shelter last night, as did thousands of others from the coastal areas of Bohol, a popular tourist destination that has barely had time to recover from the earthquake.
ShelterBox Response Team volunteer, Mark Dyer said, "The storm has now passed our area, and our team is doing well. But we are already getting reports of homes being washed away in flooding, and local communications are down."
Meteorologists predict the storm will head out across the South China Sea.
Our thoughts are with everyone affected by this catastrophe. And our first priority will be to identify the most vulnerable people impacted and provide aid as quickly as possible.
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For the latest updates, please visit www.shelterboxcanada.org or follow us on Facebook or Twitter. ShelterBox is also currently responding to the Syrian crisis and an earthquake in Pakistan.
Thank you for your support and making our response possible.
Ron Noseworthy, Board Chair
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