As it usually happens every year during the long rainy season, last July typhoons started to hit the Philippines, especially in the Northern Luzon, a region of Luzon, the biggest and most populous island in the Philippines. In La Union, located in Luzon as well, local governmental units decided to suspend classes. The Barangay Sagayad of San Fernando La Union, where the Kito Health Center is located, was affected too: Kito Onlus and the Barangay Council, after a survey conducted during the heavy rains, supported 5 families in serious need of help. The Kito Health Unit, thanks to the work of the local staff of Barangay Health Workers – volunteers who provide for primary services of healthcare assistance in the community – distributed food and everything that was deemed as necessary to the local population. The Kito Health Center is a medical center for emergencies, meaning that is was specifically designed in order to deal with such situations: since it is energetically self-sustainable, because of the photovoltaic panels located on the roof and the storage batteries that permit to save energy for the night, it becomes essential in the precarious context that follows a natural event or disaster when electricity is usually the first thing that lacks.
But it is not only about Philippines, the weather is still worrying in the whole Asia-Pacific region. Typhoon Ferdie – internationally known as Meranti – first threatened Northern Luzon, then hit the southern coasts of Taiwan, leaving more than a million inhabitants without drinkable water and electricity, and eventually arrived in China: more than 300.000 persons were evacuated form the province of Fujian and about 70.000 form the province of Zhejiang. Meranti is considered to be the most violent natural event after Hayian, the devastating typhoon that in 2013 caused more than 6.000 victims in the Philippines.