Days after Typhoon Nina (International name Nock-Ten) made its first landfall and battered Catanduanes and provinces in the Bicol region, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) continues to makeits presence felt in the affected areas through its local chapters and Red Cross 143 volunteers by extending assistance throughwelfare desk, clearing operations and provision of hot meals in evacuation centers and to stranded passengers in various seaports.
In the immediate aftermath of the typhoon, Red Cross teams were among the first on the ground to monitor and immediatelyrespond to the occasion. Reports were immediately sent to PRC Operation Center.
PRC Operations Center reports that Nina affected 335 barangays in 73 cities and municipalities. A total of 41,994 families or roughly 200,000 individuals were affected by the typhoon, which caused damage to some 400 houses based on initial data collected.
Typhoon Nina left a trail of destruction that includes 430 totally damaged houses and 1,205 partially damaged houses, 3 damaged health facilities, temporarily displaced thousands of families and left 3 people dead. More data are collected from the affected areas by the volunteers and deployed assessment team. Aside from damaged houses, much of people’s livelihoods were affected, disrupted water supply, electricity with communication lines down.
In response, PRC provided hot meals to 2,122 individuals (Catanduanes- 406, Masbate- 119, Samar- 275, Pablo- 367, Batangas- 955), 1,084 food items to 1,084 families in Sorsogon, assisted people due to health conditions, mobilized 94 people (59 volunteers and 35 staff) to assess and rescue people.
“Red Cross was able to provide rescue, welfare assistance, debris clearing, provision of hot meals in various terminals and ports and first aid management in Nina affected areas. We also mobilized drones in 3 provinces to better see the whole damage done by the typhoon. With the help of our volunteers on the ground, assessment and rescue were swiftly done and appropriate assistance will be delivered to the affected families and communities,” said PRC Chairman Richard Gordon.
“The Red Cross needs all the help we can get to help the vulnerable families in the affected areas recover from the ordeal and devastation they experienced from Typhoon Nina. There are still more that needs to be done and we are just starting with our operations to provide assistance that the affected families need for them to fully recover and get back on their own feet,” Gordon emphasized.
The PRC is appealing for support to fund its response and early recovery programs for Typhoon Nina affected families and communities. Interested parties may deposit their cash donations to the following PRC savings accounts:
BANCO DE ORO
Account name: Philippine Red Cross Branch: Port Area, Manila Peso: 00453-0190938 Dollar: 10-453-0039482 Swift Code: BNOR PH MM
Account name: Philippine Red Cross Branch: Port Area, Manila Peso: 151-7-15152434-2 Dollar: 151-2-15100218-2 Swift Code: MBTC PH MM
The Red Cross is also accepting donations in kind like sleeping mats, blankets, mosquito nets, jerry cans, tarpaulins, hygiene kits, rice, ready-to-eat easy-to-open canned goods and noodles.
PRC’s national headquarters, located at 37 EDSA corner Boni Avenue in Mandaluyong, is accepting donations in kind.
For more information on how to donate, interested parties may contact the PRC Fund Generation Department at 790-2300 loc. 807/826 and look for Ms. Esmeralda Villanueva, Fund Generation Director or you may also visit www.redcross.org.ph/getinvolved/donate-now.
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