Philippines - Typhoon Rai

We have supported communities affected the most

ShelterBox is responding in the Philippines after Super Typhoon Rai (known locally as Typhoon Odette) caused widespread devastation in December 2021. 

Typhoon Rai was the most severe storm to hit the country in 2021. With gusts of up to 240kmph, the storm was equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane.

We’ve been working closely with local partners; the international response coordination teams; the Philippines Navy; and Rotary contacts.

Together with our partner Humanity and Inclusion, we have provided shelter kits, tarpaulins, and other essential items to families in Cebu and Bohol region.

We have supported over 20,000 families in total.

Updates from the Philippines


Super Typhoon Rai left more than half a million people in the Philippines without a home.

Communities have received emergency shelter and other aid items like solar lights.

ShelterBox Operations Philippines have led the distributions, with support from our local Rotary contacts.

Watch Dave’s update from the Philippines.

Typhoon Rai's Path


Super Typhoon Rai caused devastation in areas with high levels of poverty.

3.8 million people who were in the direct path of the storm are already living below the poverty line.

In the day before landfall, Typhoon Rai rapidly strengthened from a Category 1 to a Category 5-equivalent storm. It made landfall in Siargo and travelled westwards across the Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas and Palawan.

Between 16-17 December 2021, it made landfall nine times across seven provinces in The Philippines.

Typhoon Rai Path

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