The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) humanitarian caravan loaded with emergency relief supplies and other equipment intended for Typhoon Lawin (international name Haima) affected families and areas are now in the provinces of Isabela and Cagayan ready to distribute relief items and assist in the clearing operations.
PRC’s humanitarian caravan left Manila on Saturday (October 22) to bring emergency assistance and aid in Typhoon Lawin affected areas in Cagayan Valley. Initial reports from PRC’s assessment and monitoring teams reported that 70 percent of houses and community infrastructures in the provinces had roofs blown off.
“Relief supplies and assistance for our people in Isabela and Cagayan are now at hand. Our teams are already helping in the clearing operations and are in close coordination with the local governments for the distribution of emergency relief items,” PRC Chairman Richard Gordon said.
Two teams were deployed to conduct an assessment and provide assistance to the most affected areas. The first team reached Isabela yesterday, October 23, and are now unloading relief supplies which include the following: 1,035 Corrugated Galvanized Irons (CGIs), 1,000 pieces each of tarpaulins, sleeping mats, mosquito nets and blankets, 500 hygiene kits,500 jerry cans, 100 cadaver bags, 2,000 pairs of shoes, 5,000 pieces of clothes, 1 tower light and 2 generator sets.
The other team is now in Cagayan with a Hot Meals on Wheels van for distribution of cooked meals, a fuel tanker, land cruiser ambulance, 10-wheeler dump truck, and other equipment for clearing operations.
Anticipating greater damages and needs of the affected population in the affected areas, PRC also launched an appeal for the affected families last Saturday, October 22. Those who wish to donate may deposit their cash donations to the following PRC savings accounts:
BANCO DE ORO
Visit the following link: http://ushare.redcross.org.ph and select TYPHOON LAWIN.
Look for: Joy Materum, Shervi Mae Corpuz and Ma. Rizza Genil
Phone: (+63 2) 790.2300 loc 807 / 826
Address: 37 EDSA cor Boni Avenue, Mandaluyong City
To date, based on PRC’s Operation Center report, PRC staff members and volunteers have provided assistance to more than 8,000 people. There were 82 individuals who have been rescued, 5,649 people served with hot meals, 541 given psychosocial report, 25 assisted with referral activities and 793 given hygiene promotion activities.
Relief materials have also been provided which include the following: 318 blankets, 253 plastic mats, 37 sleeping kits, 217 hygiene kits, 389 pieces of breads and juices and 760 biscuits.
The PRC mobilized nearly 1,422 personnel which include staff, Red Cross 143 volunteers, Red Cross Action Team 143 volunteers, Teachers and First Aiders, and walk in volunteers to support the operation.