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Philippines: Red Cross delivers assistance to displaced families in the continuing Sulu armed conflict

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With the continuing armed conflict in Sulu, the Disaster Response Team (DRT) of the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) Sulu Chapter has distributed relief goods to the different barangays: Pang, Tubig Putih, and Tankuan, in the Municipality of Luuk. Aside from the mentioned barangays, affected people from Barangay Tando-bato, Niyog-niyog, and Lingah received relief goods from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on May 19. The beneficiaries reached a total of 692 families. Additional relief will be given on May 24 to the residents of the aforementioned barangays. The families in the affected locale are still apprehensive about the ongoing skirmishes between the military and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) even though the atmosphere is generally calm and peaceful.

At this time, a total of 10, 975 families have been handed assistance. This number covers a total of nine municipalities or 34, 489 individuals. The PNRC National Headquarters and the local Chapter will be observing further developments in the area.