Phillipines - Typhoon Bopha

December 2012

Typhoon Bopha hits the Philippines

alay Mindanaw reported over last weekend that they saw, “entire communities totally wiped out in the provinces of Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Sur and Davao Oriental. We met and saw people with blank expressions on their faces and of desperation and hopelessness. Hectares of coconuts, bananas, and other trees fallen. Powerlines cut off. No communication lines. The 42 barangays (villages) in the three hardest hit municipalities of Boston, Cateel and Baganga have been practically flattened to the ground, with barely any structure left standing. As of this afternoon, 261 have died, with 100s injured.

Initially, 100 family survival boxes and a similar number of life boxes will be deployed in the area devastated by Typhoon Bopha (Pablo), with the objective to set up two communities. The first assessment will also determine needs for school, water and emergency lighting.



Disaster Aid International Deploys in Vanuatu

Disaster Aid International has deployed two members of our Disaster Aid Response Team to Vanuatu.  Wayne (USA) and Dianne Holland (Australia) arrived  last Thursday 26 March.

Following discussions with the affected communities and other aid organisations,  the initial assessment has confirmed that the priority need is for clean water.  A  number of Sawyer filters have been distributed, each sufficient to keep a large family supplied with clean water for several years.

The team is  now assessing the most effective places to site Skyhydrants  which  will provide clean water for whole communities.

The team are currently compiling their report but have sent back several photographs that give a good indication of the scale of the damage.

Read more: Disaster Aid International Deploys in Vanuatu


We continue our assistance in Haiti

Thanks to the generosity of fellow Rotarians, Disaster Aid Australia and our Rotary partners around the world have delivered our first Disaster Aid International school to Haiti.

With another container of schools on the ground, our volunteer DARTs will over the next month deploy to erect another nine schools to ensure the children of Haiti have some form of normality in their lives. Also included in this shipment are 150 Family Survival boxes to assist those survivors still displaced and two Disaster Aid medical tents to assist in the ongoing treatment of the ill.

Each Disaster Aid School kit contains enough school supplies for 80 school children, complete with their own rucksack and a Teacher’s kit – everything needed for the continuance of their schooling.

With millions dying of water-borne cholera, we are also installing our long-term Australian water solution, the SkyHydrant to ensure that these children and their families have clean drinking water – a fundamental human right and in this instance a life-saving aid.