A four-ton shipment of medicines and supplies to treat survivors of Super Typhoon Yutu in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands arrived in Saipan this week.
On October 25, the typhoon, reported to be the strongest storm to impact the region since 1968, struck the U.S. territory before making its way to the Philippines. In the Northern Mariana Islands, heavy rainfall and high winds significantly damaged buildings and critical infrastructure, particularly in Saipan and Tinian.
As part of its mission to mobilize the aviation community in times of disaster, Airlink partnered with United Airlines and freight forwarder Flexport.org to move the shipment of emergency supplies free-of-charge for Americares.
“Thanks to Airlink’s generous support, Americares delivered four tons of medicine and relief supplies for Typhoon Yutu survivors in the Northern Mariana Islands,” said Americares Vice President of Emergency Programs Kate Dischino. “This shipment will ensure survivors get the care they need during this difficult time.”
The shipment, valued at more than $1.8 million, included antibiotics, wound-care supplies, tetanus vaccines and other essential health and hygiene products. Donated trucking bringing the supplies from the airport to community hospitals was arranged by Airlink partner American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN).
In addition to its response to Typhoon Yutu, Airlink is transporting personnel and emergency supplies for some of its 80 relief organization partners responding to Hurricanes Florence and Michael in the continental U.S. and flooding in India. To support Airlink and its effort to bring relief to communities impacted by disasters across the globe, please donate.