Philippines: Red Cross sends experts to areas struck by typhoon Paeng

Report
from Philippine National Red Cross
Published on 03 Nov 2006
Days after typhoon Paeng left the country, the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) sent separate disaster management teams to conduct a detailed assessment of the damage in badly-hit provinces of Isabela and Aurora. This would enable the teams to make astute recommendations on what the PNRC can do for these communities.

Although considered minimal compared to typhoon Milenyo, the death toll for typhoon Paeng has reached 23, while at least 100 have been reported injured. Local PNRC chapters have also confirmed that a total of 1,094 houses have been totally destroyed and 13,224 houses severely damaged by the typhoon.

Following the typhoon, the PNRC helped in the immediate evacuation and relief of residents in evacuation centers. In La Union, for example, some 300 people were evacuated due to flooding; while in Aurora, a total of 3,290 families comprising of 16,299 persons received relief goods.

PNRC figures also show that over 42,000 families have been affected by flood and sea surges in seven provinces, namely, La Union, Quirino, Benguet, Aurora, Isabela, Cagayan and Nueva Vizcaya.