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Typhoon Chanthu/Kiko – Category-5 (2021)
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Super Typhoon Chanthu, local name “Kiko” in the Philippines, was a category-5 typhoon that made landfall in the Batanes Islands on 11 September 2021 with wind speeds of up to 269kph and wind gusts of up to 324kph (Source: Joint Typhoon Warning Center). The typhoon’s maximum sustained winds decreased to 205 kph and its gustiness lowered to 250 kph as it crossed Itbayat in the Batanes Islands. The typhoon caused extensive damage to infrastructure in Batanes and the local residents now require assistance in terms of building materials and potentially food, medicine, and water supply in the long term. Bike Scouts is currently organizing support from its network of partners as well as from the Bike Scouts community.
For donations of rebuilding materials for Batanes, the best kind based on assessment by engineers from Habitat for Humanity for Meranti in 2016 are Corrugated G.I. sheets (Galvalume, 0.475mm x 10 ft) and Umbrella nails with tightening wire. Sending these types of materials will ensure long-term value for your donations.