Digger maker JCB today responded to the Philippines typhoon disaster by pledging machines and generators worth more than $500,000 to assist in the aftermath of the catastrophe.
The company is sending a fleet of three 3CX backhoe loaders to help in the clear up operations following Typhoon Haiyan which was one of the most powerful storms ever recorded on land and which has left up to 2,500 people dead. In addition more than 120 JCB electrical generators are being provided through the company’s Filipino dealer Camec.
The generators are already being used to power community buildings, including hospitals and local authority premises. The JCB backhoes will be deployed in clear up operations in the province of Tacloban City.
JCB has a history of helping countries affected by natural disasters and this is the second time the company has sent aid to the Philippines. In 2006 JCB sent a fleet of 3CX backhoe loaders after Typhoon Reming hit the Bicol region, destroying much of the infrastructure.
JCB Chairman Lord Bamford said today: “The human suffering and scenes of devastation in the Philippines have been heart-rending and I hope JCB’s contribution to the relief effort will help, in some small way, those who are bearing the brunt of this disaster.