PRC relief operations for families affected by massive floods, landslides ongoing
After heavy rains caused massive floods and landslides in many parts of the country, Philippine Red Cross (PRC) continues to extend assistance to several affected families.
In St. Bernard, Southern Leyte, Red Cross 143 volunteers were mobilized to barangays affected by landslides for assessment and relief operation. Several families in Brgys. Bolod-bolod, Tambis 2 and San Isidro received relief goods from PRC Southern Leyte Chapter. Psychosocial intervention was also given to affected families, especially to those with casualties. As of January 3, 1,320 persons are housed in seven evacuation centers.
In Compostela Valley, the PRC chapter provided used clothes to several families staying in Marapat Elementary School. A total of 364 families have reportedly been evacuated. Eight municipalities and 41 barangays were affected by floods due to continuous rains in the province.
Meanwhile, PRC Agusan del Sur Chapter will be conducting relief distribution today to seven barangays with 660 affected families. As of Wednesday afternoon, more than 1,000 families are staying in 19 evacuation centers.
PRC Davao del Sur Chapter will also be distributing relief items to affected families in Sta. Maria town. A total of 194 families were relocated in Brgy. Pong Pong.
PRC Surigao del Norte Chapter, on the other hand, alerted all its 143 volunteers in different municipalities as alert level 2 was elevated to alert level 3 due to continuous rainfall. All classes from elementary to tertiary level were suspended.
In Palawan, Red Cross 143 and barangay disaster action team volunteers helped rescue and evacuate people affected by flood in Narra town. Affected barangays include Elvita, Princess Urduja, Malinao and Panacan 2. PRC Palawan Chapter also distributed relief goods to affected families in evacuation centers.
"Philippine Red Cross is coordinating with other agencies to ensure that all families affected by floods and landslides in the different areas of the country are provided with necessary assistance. We continue to appeal for donations to help those who were severely affected from these disasters," said PRC Chairman Richard Gordon.