A 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck the Province of Surigao del Norte, Philippines last February 10, 2017. The calamity killed at least 8 people while leaving hundreds injured. The strong ground shaking damaged thousands of houses and not a few families were left homeless. Many basic social infrastructures like schools, hospitals and water systems were also damaged. In response to this, Balay Mindanaw Foundation Inc., in partnership with Disaster Aid International, provided 90 pieces of tarpaulins to families affected by the quake.
To address the shortage of clean drinking water, one unit of skyhydrant was turned over to the Provincial government of Surigao del Norte. This unit is mobile and will cater the needs of different villages in Surigao City. In another hard hit municipality of San Francisco, two villages will again be supported by Disaster Aid International through Balay Mindanaw. The village of Banbanon will soon have access to clean drinking water through the installation of a Skyhydrant which will directly benefit 288 households. Shelter repair assistance will also be provided to 104 households in the village of Balite where hundreds of houses were damaged.