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Tropical Storm Usman


Tropical storm Usman hit the Philippines on 29 December 2018, sweeping through the country until the end of December.

The storm was the deadliest weather disaster in the Philippines in 2018, following Typhoon Mangkhut in September.

Heavy rains triggered landslides across the centre of the country, and the storm coincided with the monsoon season, making rainfall and flooding even worse.

We have supported over 2,000 families with ShelterKits, mosquito nets, blankets, solar lamps and storage boxes. Distributions are now complete.

Updates from the field


A ShelterBox team has been in the northern Samar region of Philippines, assessing the impact of Tropical Storm Usman.

Their focus has been on Lope de Vega, where many local villages (or ‘barangays’) were submerged by water, and where around 600 homes were destroyed, even more have been badly damaged.

In this first update, our Response Team travel to the hard to reach communities who lost their homes after the storm to assess the level of damage. 

In this second update from the field, the team have found an opportunity to support the local government’s relief efforts.

We will be supporting families with essential shelter aid, including ShelterKits, mosquito nets, blankets, solar lamps and storage boxes.

Watch now to see some of the affected areas and see our team training families to help them understand how to use their new equipment. 

In this third video, Rosemarie brings you a quick look at our first distributions of aid in Lope de Vega.

Can you spot all of the aid items being distributed? 

  • ShelterKits
  • Mosquito nets
  • Solar lamps
  • Blankets
  • Water carriers

Measuring our impact in the Philippines


Aid distributions are now complete, followed by post-distribution monitoring.

Post-distribution monitoring aims to measure our impact, and it involves surveys as well as focus group discussions with people who have received ShelterBox aid following the disaster. 

Some of the key findings suggest that the aid items are visibly being used and are considered useful. 

The water carriers are specifically appreciated, as the people who use them said that they are light and therefore easier to use.

Watch the latest update from the team on the field.

Working in the Philippines

We have responded to the Philippines more often than any other country.

Since 2004 we have responded 25 times in the country to various devastating disasters such as storms, typhoons, floods, cyclones, and earthquakes.

One of the largest disasters we responded to in the Philippines was super typhoon Haiyan - the most powerful storm in 2013 and one of the most powerful typhoons of all time, with wind speeds sustained at more than 150 mph.

Our work in the Philippines