Typhoon emergency hospital stitched in Newfoundland outport
Philippines-bound inflatable building made in a matter of days
Workers in a coastal community in southern Newfoundland put in long hours through the weekend to fill a special order: an inflatable hospital to help people in the Phillippines who have been devastated by last month's Typhoon Haiyan.
Work at the Dynamic Air Shelters plant in Grand Bank kicked into high gear a few days ago, when it received the order from Global Medic, the disaster response agency.
"It's been pretty hectic — lots on the go. We're trying to cut a building here in four days," said Butt, 20, a cut-table operator who has also installed shelters in Trinidad and Alberta, but never in a disaster zone.
Jim House, a business development executive with the company, said there was a special resonance with the order, because the woman who designed it at the company's Calgary office still has family in Sara, the very town on Panay Island where the structure will be erected.
"That kind of rocketed through our company here in short order," House told CBC News.
"As a result of that, each stitch being sewn has a bit of a personal touch."
'Hits close to home'
Seamstress Renea Clarke said the project has been a special one.
The Newfoundland and Labrador government is helping to pay for the project, with a contribution of $150,000.
The hospital will have walls of heavy PVC-coated nylon, and will be propped up by large, inflatable arches. The same shelters have been built in other disaster zones in Pakistan and Indonesia.
One of the pieces of the shelter will include the flag of Newfoundland and Labrador, a gift from one island to another.
"It's pretty cool that a small community like Grand Bank can build these shelters and ship them off to people in need," Butt said.
With files from Vik Adhopia