A Philippine Red Cross water distribution point in Cagayan de Oro, Northern Mindanao. Typhoon Washi caused serious disruptions to the city's water supply, which is having an impact on local health.
An outbreak of the deadly bacteria Leptospirosis has highlighted the dramatic and ongoing needs of the tens of thousands of people in northern Mindanao who were displaced and affected by Typhoon Washi.
The European Union Head of Delegation Ambassador Guy Ledoux, together with Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman Richard Gordon, PRC Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang, and the IFRC Country Representative in the Philippines Selvaratnam Sinnadurai will visit Red Cross implementation sites of European Commission Humanitarian Office (ECHO) project in Cagayan de Oro this week.
The ECHO project in Cagayan de Oro will run for 3 months focusing on relief operations and hygiene promotion.
Philippine Seven Corporation, operator of the country's largest convenience store chain, 7-Eleven, handed the Philippine Red Cross a cheque donation for P1,326,332 intended for the victims of Typhoon Sendong during a turnover ceremony held recently in Manila.
The amount consists of donations from almost 2,000 donations made in 7-Eleven stores totaling P560,982.00; funds raised from Donate-A-Like on Facebook that reached P265,350.00; and a contribution by PhilSeven Foundation, 7-Eleven's CSR arm, in the amount of P500,000.00.
Cagayan De Oro – The Philippine Red Cross will provide 1,000 shelters for families displaced by tropical storm Sendong in this city with the 5-hectare land donation of Xavier University to the affected families through Red Cross.
The groundbreaking rites led by PRC Chairman Richard J. Gordon and Xavier University Chairman Elpidio Paras, was held today (December 29, 2011) at the future resettlement site in Xavier compound, barangay Lumbia in Cagayan De Oro.
The Philippine Red Cross further gears up its massive relief and recovery efforts for typhoon Sendong victims as more than 8000 families still struggle at the 28 evacuation centers, particularly in Cagayan De Oro (CDO) and Iligan, due to congestion and lack of basic service facilities.
Anxieties grew stronger especially among evacuees sheltered in school buildings as classes resume on January 3 next year. "Natatakot po kami. Saan po kami pupunta," one of the evacuees cried to PRC Chairman Richard Gordon on the phone.
On Saturday evening (17 December), Typhoon Washi pounded the southern Philippines. Heavy rains and strong winds resulted in flash flooding and landslides in the Northern Mindanao area. Sections of road and bridges were damaged, and electricity and communication were disrupted.
Richard Gordon, Philippine Red Cross chairman, described the devastation as unprecedented. He said: “I’ve gone through many disasters but this one is the worst as the affected people have lost many family members. Some families have lost as many as 30 members.”
Flashfloods triggered by tropical storm Sendong hit Cagayan de Oro City Saturday morning (December 17) affecting some 700 families in 12 barangays, according to initial report reaching Philippine Red Cross Operation Center in Manila.
Report also said 15 persons were killed, 100 others missing and 20 more others injured.
Philippine Red Cross Chairman Richard J.Gordon and his team leave for Mindanao Monday (Dec 19), to personally assess the aftermath of the flashflood that claimed 497 lives in eight affected areas as of Sunday morning.
Gordon will visit two worst hit areas, Cagayan De Oro City with 215 dead and Iligan with 195. Other areas with casualties were Bukidnon, 47; Compostela Valley 5; Zamboanga Del Norte, 3; Lanao del Norte, 9; Surigao Del Sur; 1 and Dumaguete, Negros Oriental, 22.
The Red Cross also reported earlier 202 injured and 162 others missing.
The Philippine Red Cross relief goods are underway for disaster-stricken families in Mindanao as situation assessment goes on in various affected areas and the number of casualty continues to rise with death toll placed at 652.
Three days after Tropical Storm Sendong (Washi) ravaged Mindanao with massive flashfloods, affected families struggled to pick up the pieces from whatever is left of their belongings.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) and Makati Medical Center (MMC) conducted over the weekend a joint medical mission for families affected by typhoons Pedring and Quiel in Hagonoy, Bulacan and Masantol, Pampanga, serving a total of 1,116 persons suffering from various common ailments.
A total of 150 volunteer doctors and allied health professionals from MMC joined the mission which catered mostly to the elderly and children who were treated from common illnesses ranging from lingering headaches to colds and fever to diarrhea and skin disorders.
Still reeling from devastation wrought by typhoons Pedring (Nesat) and Quiel (Nagail), the country braces itself for another tropical storm Ramon (Banyan) which continues to threaten the country with more rains and destruction.
The Philippine Red Cross works without letup providing relief aid to typhoon-stricken families in worst-hit provinces in Northern and Central Luzon with the participation of the Red Cross 143 volunteers (44 trained volunteers in every barangay- one leader and 43 members), and with the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), corporate partners and other local donors.
The death toll of Typhoon Pedring (international name: Nesat) has risen to 43 as of this morning. 44 people were injured and 30 are reported missing. 204,376 individuals remain displaced due to the massive floods caused by the torrential rains of the typhoon, particularly in Northern and Central Luzon. 986,417 persons in 33 provinces across Luzon were affected. 104 bridges and road sections remain impassable nationwide. 51,500 people remain without power. Dams have also been opened as water levels have reached their spilling levels: Ipo, Angat, Ambuklao, Binga, Magat, San Roque.
The Philippine Red Cross is on full swing responding to the massive devastation wrought by typhoon Pedring which continues to lash the country since last night affecting several provinces in Bicol region, northern Luzon and central Luzon including Metro Manila.
The Philippine Red Cross has deployed 2 rubber boats and a 6x 6 truck to Baseco, Manila where a mass evacuation is being conducted. There are approximately 200-300 individuals who are being evacuated and being moved temporarily to a covered basketball court. Also, approximately 469 families who were moved to the Delpan Sports Complex earlier are currently being transferred to the P.Guevara Elementary School in Manila.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) goes full swing in its rescue and relief operations for hundreds of families affected by Tropical Storm 'Juaning' in 25 provinces in Bicol, central and northern Luzon, including Metro Manila - mobilizing its Emergency Response Units and Red Cross 143 volunteers who are monitoring and reporting the situation on the ground.
PRC Chairman Richard J. Gordon has directed operation center to ensure that all life saving equipment including amphibian trucks, rubber boats and ambulances are in place in case flooding situation becomes worse.
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has appealed for more volunteer blood donors to meet the gap of 400,000 units of blood needed for 80,000 patients. This is based on the estimate of the Department of Health that per patient usually needs an average of five units of blood.
PRC Secretary General Gwendolyn Pang said, the country's total blood collection last year was about 550,000 units. The national requirement is 950,000 units representing 1% of the country's population based on international standard.
The Philippine Red Cross chapter rescued a 60-year old grandmother and her 3 year-old grand son from the massive landslide that hit yesterday (July 4) Purok 11, Barangay Lumbayao, Valencia City in Bukidnon leaving three persons dead and about 20 others missing.
Following days of relief operations for flood-stricken families in Metro Manila and other areas in the country including Cotabato City in Mindanao, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is again in full swing responding to the urgent need of more than 1,500 families (close to 10,000 persons) affected and displaced by the ongoing armed fighting in Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat which started last June 20, forcing residents of the affected barangays to seek refuge to safer ground.
Ten person were killed and 19 others were reported missing due to flashfloods that hit five barangays In Davao city early morning today due to continuous heavy rains that started at around 8:00 in the evening last night, according to Editha Mandaguia, local Red Cross chapter administrator. The identities of the casualties were not immediately known.