Okanagan disaster response group helpless in Philippines

Global News

The Kelowna chapter of Shelters International Disaster Response (SIDR) went to the Philippines to help with the recovery but instead encountered red tape.

Last month, we introduced you to Laura Allan, the president of the Kelowna chapter just before they headed out to the Philippines to help build houses. The group had just been given thousands of dollars worth of equipment; drills, chainsaws and most importantly a generator.

The plan was supposed to be straightforward: fly to Manilla and get to Cebu — one of the lesser known southern islands hit hard by the storm.

The group thought everything was set until they boarded the plane last week. United airlines wouldn’t allow them to bring the generator.

“I had to say I started crying. That generator is the core of how everything runs,” said Allan from Manilla. “If we don’t have the generator we’re done. Completely done. We’re out of…

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