It’s been called the “Hurricane Katrina of the Philippines.” On Saturday, September 26, the northern Philippines, including the capital city Manila, was hit by Typhoon Ketsana, which caused the worst flooding in 40 years.
(Photo courtesy of the IFRC.)
The following article was taken from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, www.ifrc.org:
Throughout the evening and into Saturday night, Water Search and Rescue Teams from the Philippines National Red Cross (PNRC) worked to save people stranded on rooftops and high walls. Using rubber and aluminium boats, the 21 specially-trained teams brought more than 400 people to Red Cross-run evacuation centres in Manila and Benguet.
A total of 130 centres were opened within hours, giving refuge to nearly 75,000 people. Here, they were provided with hot meals, blankets and comfort after flash floods suddenly inundated their homes and neighbourhoods.
According to the National American Red Cross, we are monitoring the situation and remain in communication with our Red Cross partners in the area. Although there hasn’t been an appeal for international assistance, the American Red Cross is prepared to mobilize support, including relief supplies, trained personnel or financial assistance if necessary.
- The Philippines Red Cross is providing search and rescue services and mobilizing hundreds of volunteers to assist stranded families fleeing the rising waters. It is operating 130 evacuation centers serving nearly 75,000 people with food and shelter.
- The Vietnam Red Cross is preparing for the typhoon’s landfall today. It has evacuated people in flood-prone areas, put volunteers trained in search and rescue on standby and pre-positioned food and other relief items.
If you would like to donate, the American Red Cross can accept donations designated to the typhoons and floods affecting South East Asia, including the Philippines and Viet Nam. You can help the victims of countless crises around the world each year by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross International Response Fund, which will provide immediate relief and long-term support through supplies, technical assistance and other support to help those in need. The American Red Cross honors donor intent. If you wish to designate your donation to a specific disaster, please do so at the time of your donation by mailing your donation with the designation to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013 or to your local American Red Cross chapter. Donations to the International Response Fund can be made by phone at 1-800-REDCROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish) or online at www.redcross.org.