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Philippine Red Cross assistance in ‘Nina’ affected areas

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With 30 provinces and some 80,000 families affected, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has started its humanitarian operations to provide assistance for Typhoon Nina affected families and communities in Catanduanes and other nearby provinces.

Typhoon Nina (with International name Nock-ten) entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) particularly the provinces of Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Quezon, and Batangas on December 23-26 bringing with it a moderate to heavy rainfall, loss of power supply and massive flooding.

According to reports, Typhoon Nina weakens slightly, making its 8th landfall and has maximum sustained winds of 130 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 215 kph.

To date, Nina left a trail of 38 affected barangays, a total of 86,809 families affected, according to PRC’s Operation Center report.

“We are not yet definite on the magnitude of the devastation left by the typhoon. But we already know that thousands of families have been affected. There might not be as much casualties as there were in the previous typhoons that hit the Philippines, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that Typhoon Nina didn’t do any damage. With all the work that needs to be done and help that needs to be provided for families to recover from the typhoon’s damage, the Philippine Red Cross as a neutral humanitarian organization, remains dedicated to its mission of delivering assistance to the affected regions,” said PRC Chairman Richard Gordon.

In response, Red Cross teams were able to provide 1,084 food items in Sorsogon, provided hot meals to 681 individuals (406 in Catanduanes and 275 in Northern Samar), and were able to respond to some untoward incidents in Albay, Camarines Sur and Catanduanes.

Tropical cyclone warning signal number 3 is raised in the provinces of Batangas, as well as in the Northern portions of Oriental and Occidental Mindoro, including Lubang Islands. Meanwhile, Metro Manila is under signal number 2, along with the provinces of Rizal, Southern Quezon, Mari nduque, Cavitem Laguna and the rest of Mindoro. Signal number 1 is raised over the rest of Quezon, including Polillo Islands, Bulacan, Pampanga, Southern Zambales, Rombon, Camarines Norte, Bataan and Calamian Group of Islands. Typhoon Nina is expected to exit the PAR by Wednesday, December 28.

Aside from the initial responses made, PRC through its activated staff and volunteers and its emergency response capacity for water search and rescue, welfare services, health and disaster relief is positioned to monitor, assess and respond to the affected provinces.