Habitat for Humanity distributes shelter and repair kits after typhoon

Habitat for Humanity has sent building supplies and repair kits to the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan. Habitat photo

- SurvivingTimes.com staff report

Philippines – More than 5,000 Filipino families have been assisted by Habitat for Humanity after Typhoon Haiyan struck a month ago in the Visayas region of the Philippines. The typhoon, one of the strongest storms recorded in recent history, displaced millions of people and destroyed or damaged more than 1 million homes. The Philippine government’s latest estimates put the death toll at more than 5,700 people.

“We began distributing emergency shelter kids which contain tarpaulins, robe and fixings to help families build temporary shelters,” said Kip Scheidler, Habitat for Humanity’s senior director for Disaster Reduction and Response.  Habitat is also distributing up to 30,000 shelter repair kits containing materials such as plywood, lumber, galvanized metal sheets, hammers, saws and nails, says Scheidler.

“We plan to continue this work and support the long-term recovery of devastated communities,” he said.

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