In pictures: six months on from the Bohol earthquake, shelter support is critical

On 15 October 15 2013, a devastating magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck the Central Visayas region of the Philippines. Bohol bore the brunt of the damage with thousands of families left homeless. The Philippine Red Cross, with support of the IFRC and National Societies, has been working on various support programmes including livelihoods support and shelter.

An elderly woman waters her plants at her temporary shelter in a tent city in Inabanga, Bohol on 31 March 2014. The shelter operation was supported by the IFRC and the Japanese Government. Alanah Torralba/IFRC 


A mother feeds her child in their makeshift dwelling in Loon, Bohol on 01 April 2014. The Philippine Red Cross, with support of IFRC and many National Societies, is looking beyond immediate relief to develop long-term, sustainable programmes for those affected by the earthquake. Alanah Torralba/IFRC


Many thousands of homes were damaged or destroyed by the magnitude 7.2 earthquake. People have begun to fix where they can, or to reuse materials to build shelters before more long-term programmes bear fruit. Alanah Torralba/IFRC


Families saved what they could when the earthquake struck. Alanah Torralba/IFRC


Gemma Sumampong shows her damaged house that was hit by a landslide during the earthquake in Bilar, Bohol. Alanah Torralba/IFRC


  A child runs around in the tent city in Danao, Bohol. Alanah Torralba/IFRC


  A student cleans up inside a damaged school building in Loon, Bohol. Ten schools were destroyed in the earthquake, supporting the rehabilitation of schools is a priority for the Red Cross. Alanah Torralba/IFRC


Residents are interviewed for shelter application in Maribojoc, Bohol. The Philippine Red across has completed its shelter assessment process and is providing support for thousands of families. Alanah Torralba/IFRC