The first 5,000 of temporary shelters provided by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) are arriving in the Philippine city of Cebu as this MCC Update is sent to you. CRS plans to distribute 32,000 of these shelters in its initial response to Typhoon Haiyan. The typhoon generated winds of 200 miles and cut a 30 mile wide swath of destruction across three of the Philippines’ islands on November 8.
The shelters include a tarpaulin and materials to construct an A-frame to hold it up. There is enough room in the shelters for a family of five. CRS will be supplementing the shelters with kits containing hygiene and household items. Experts believe that over 500,000 homes are uninhabitable and unrepairable because of the typhoon.
Donations can be made by visiting the CRS website.
Posted: November 15, 2013