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Typhoon Mangkhut

Also known as Ompong in the Philippines, Typhoon Mangkhut ripped through the Philippines' main island of Luzon in September 2018. 

Its high winds and torrential rains damaged almost all buildings in the city of Tuguegarao.

Thousands of people were evacuated amid warnings of 6m (20ft) storm surges, including those who had been displaced several times due to the monsoon rains last July and August. 

The Philippines is one of the world’s worst disaster-affected countries. We have responded there 24 times in 13 years - more frequently than any other country.

One of our most recent responses was in December 2017, when tropical storms triggered destructive mudslides and flooding. Take a look at how we responded.

Following Typhoon Mangkhut, a ShelterBox team was deployed to help families who lost everything.

We supported 1,042 families in total with essential aid items like ShelterKits, tarpaulins and solar lights. 

Updates from the field

Watch this video to hear from Mark Boeck, ShelterBox Response Team Volunteer, about our response in the Philippines after super typhoon Mangkhut.

Distributions are now over, and we have helped 1,042 families in total with ShelterKits, tarpaulins, solar lights and hurricane strapping which will help to reinforce their homes when they rebuild.

Jini's story

Jini is a pregnant mother of three who lives with her family in the northern province of Cagayan, Philippines.

Jini's home was completely destroyed by super typhoon Mangkhut.

When the typhoon hit in the middle of the night, the family feared for their lives.

They decided to flee to a relative's house nearby. When they returned next morning, they found rubble instead of a home.

They're currently living with Jini's mother, as they don't yet have the means to start rebuilding. 

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