Red Cross responds to disasters and other emergencies
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has swiftly responded to the different disasters and other emergencies that hit the country the past few days, providing rescue, relief aid and other basic health services, with the active participation of Red Cross 143 volunteers.
In Quezon City, the PRC local chapter deployed Emergency Response Unit to assist victims during the fire that occurred in Brgy. Pagasa, affecting twenty families (100 persons).
In Caloocan City, the local Red Cross chapter provided food (soup kitchen), medical assistance and psychosocial support to the families affected by a fire incident that hit last Monday (August 8) brgy. 7 J. Ramos St. Sangandaan. Approximately 15 houses were burned down, leaving 1 person dead.
In evening of the same day, the Parañaque Red Cross chapter rendered medical assistance and served hot meals to 48 families (192 persons) affected by fire in Brgy Tambo. The incident was reported by a Red Cross 143 volunteer who saw huge smoke at the back of Camp Claudio at Seaside Barangay Tambo. The fire destroyed twenty houses and injured seven persons. No casualty was reported.
In Batangas, the PRC local chapter responded to a vehicular accident that occurred in the Star Tollway involving a provincial bus and a trailer truck. They provided first aid treatment to three victims and transported them to Batangas Regional Hospital. The other victims were sent by the Star Tollway Management to Mary Mediatrix Hospital and Medix Lipa Hospital. No casualty reported.
In Zambales, The Philippine Red Cross gave assistance to less than 100 families who were affected by the landslide in Brgy. Asinan, in Subic, and floodings in Brgy. San Pablo, in Castillejos. The affected families were evacuated to the barangay hall in Asinan and San Pablo. The PRC-Zambales Chapter headed by Ms. Beth Ednave, distributed 60 sets of non-food items (sleeping mats, blankets, mosquito nets, spoons, plates, drinking cups, and collapsible water containers) in Brgy. Asinan, Subic. A total of 32 sets of non-food items were distributed in Brgy. San Pablo, Castillejos. They also conducted hygiene promotion sessions in the evacuation centers and distributed pamphlets and hygiene kits (face towel, bath soaps, toothpaste, toothbrush) used on health promotion and disease prevention.
The landslide and floodings in Zambales, which occurred last weekend, was brought by heavy rains due to the effects of Southwest Monsoon.
In Ilo-ilo, The local Red Cross chapter deployed their Water and Search Rescue (WASAR) team and assisted 18 families (67 persons) who were evacuated from their homes to a safer ground, due to the floods brought by heavy rains triggered by the Southwest Monsoon. Aside from giving first aid, the Iloilo Chapter provided the evacuees with blankets, and medicines.
PRC Chairman and CEO Richard J. Gordon, has lauded all Red Cross 143 volunteers for their quick and effective response to emergencies.