Red Cross responds to flooding in Metro Manila and other areas
The Philippine Red Cross is now on full alert with the onslaught of flooding and landslide triggered by continuous heavy rains in Metro Manila and other areas resulting from low pressure area.
Emergency response units (ERUs) and emergency response vehicles such as rubber boats, amphibian, rescue trucks and ambulances have been deployed in low lying areas for swift response to any eventuality that may arise.
In Valenzuela, local Red Cross chapter assisted in the search and rescue operation in a collapsed structure incident in Sitio Cabatuhan, barangay Ugong. Two persons were reported injured and were transported to Valenzuela Medical Center and two were reported dead. Search and rescue operation is still on going for more persons that may still be trapped inside.
PRC Caloocan City Chapter deployed team in Village barangay 183 in Tala, Caloocan City upon receiving information that 20 families were affected and already evacuated to Mountain Heights High School as the creek near the area already overflowed. The Red Cross provided hot meals, biscuits and used clothings to the evacuees.
In Marikina, the local Red Cross is also on alert closely monitoring the situation, particularly the possible rise of Marikina river.
PRC Quezon City Chapter is watching the situation in North Fairview area, including Bagong Silangan and Mariblo for possible flooding. The chapter is likewise monitoring the water level of La Mesa Dam which has reached the alarming level. Staff and volunteers are on standby for possible evacuation of families near the dam.
Bulacan Red Cross Chapter is monitoring as well the water level in Ipo Dam which reportedly hit above normal level this morning.
PRC Chairman Richard Gordon enjoined all staff and volunteers to continuously monitor any untoward incident that may arise due to continuous rains. Emergency response units are on standby 24/7 for possible deployment.
Red Cross 143 volunteers in all chapters have already been mobilized to monitor weather disturbances and coordinate with national headquarters for any incident.
PRC Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang alerted chapters in affected areas to ready its logistics and other equipment such as generator sets, fuel and vehicles in preparation for more flooding that may occur.