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ShelterBox assesses Philippines flood damage

A Cornish charity has sent a response team to the Philippines to assess the need for emergency shelter after storms and floods killed hundreds of people.

A team from ShelterBox will arrive on the island of Mindanao on Tuesday. It was affected by tropical storm Washi on Friday night.

About 650 people are reported to have died and hundreds are unaccounted for.

The Philippine Air Force has agreed to help ShelterBox distribute emergency aid, if needed, the charity said.

ShelterBox has been to the Philippines eight times in the past five years and has stock in the country to enable fast support.

There are over 500 ShelterBoxes in the Philippine city of Clark, a charity spokesperson added.

Each box contains a 10-person tent, blankets, water purification and cooking equipment, tools, a stove and other essential survival equipment.

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