No letup for Red Cross volunteers while Habagat heavy rains reign

As heavy rains spawned by the southwest monsoon or Habagat continue almost ceaselessly, Philippine Red Cross (PRC) volunteers also work without letup, monitoring the situation in the affected areas of Northern and Central Luzon, Metro Manila and portions of Calabarzon.

In anticipation of massive flooding, landslides and displacement of people in vulnerable areas, PRC Chairman Richard Gordon had earlier mobilized its 143 volunteers for rescue and relief contingencies while its fleet of rubber boats, ambulances, emergency trucks, and heavy equipment were placed on standby, ready for immediate deployment.

So far, PRC has rescued five individuals in distress, three in Marikina and two in Quezon City, and have assisted approximately 76 individuals. Volunteers have also distributed bottled water, food provision, and emergency kits to families and individuals in Bataan, Pampanga, Bulacan and Rizal provinces and in the National Capital Region, particularly those affected by a tornado that tore through Manila last Sunday.

Furthermore, efforts by the Welfare Services such as the welfare desk in evacuation centers, psychosocial support to affected families, and giving out of hotmeals extended up to Ilocos Sur.

Based on PRC's latest monitoring, Habagat's rains have affected 59 municipalities and cities, 107 barangays, 7,355 families and 37,000 individuals and an estimated 776 families have been brought to 35 evacuation centers in their respective areas.

The PRC also reported that around 159 houses were partially and totally damaged due to heavy rains, strong sea waves, and river currents. Based on PRC Chapter reports, there are five accounted casualties, one in Quezon City, two in Manila, one in Ilocos Sur, and one in Tarlac while five were injured in Manila and two missing in Cainta, Rizal.

"Our volunteers on the ground will remain on alert and ready for any eventuality until the bad weather is over," Gordon assured.

Source: Philippine Information Agency