Saturday, January 14, 2012

Red Cross helps 20,000 families in the flood-stricken cities in Northern Mindanao, Philippines

MANILA, Philippines — At least 20,000 families were assisted by the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) in its ongoing relief operations in the flood-stricken cities in Northern Mindanao.

Citing the report from its contingency group last Friday, PRC Chairman Richard Gordon said in a statement Saturday these beneficiaries came from the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan City, which were hit by flash floods from typhoon “Sendong.”

“PRC has provided food items to 18,653 families and non-food items to 10,810 families with more than 1,000 staff and volunteers mobilized,” Gordon said.

He said PRC plans to assist an additional 1,000 more families after they received an additional P2.6-million donation from the Red Crescent chapter in Qatar.

He said the donation will be used to provide the displaced families with a two-day food ration, composed of 5 kilos of rice, 4 tins of canned goods, and 4 packs of noodles.

It will also include PRC standard hygiene kits and other non-food items like mosquito nets, blankets, plastic mats and a water container. Source