10 August 2012, Manila – Following the devastating floods that submerged large areas of the Philippine capital Manila, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has launched an emergency appeal for 922,700 Swiss francs (950,297 US dollars, 768,033 Euros) to help the Philippine Red Cross provide emergency relief to affected communities.
The emergency appeal aims to continue the provision of much-needed food and other relief items, support disease prevention and health education, provide psychosocial support to affected families, and ensure the immediate water needs of people remaining in evacuation centres are met.
“Philippine Red Cross staff and volunteers were immediately in the flood affected areas, evacuating residents, providing first aid and distributing emergency relief supplies,” said Selva Sinnadurai, head of delegation, IFRC Philippines office.
“Even though the floods have receded in many areas, the toll on the city has been immense,” he said. “The faster we respond now, the faster people will be able to begin rebuilding their lives and livelihoods.”
At least 60 percent of Manila was under water following the worst flooding the country has seen since Tropical Storm Katrina devastate large parts of the country three years ago. Days of torrential rain left 19 people dead. Almost two million people were directly affected. About 290,000 of those were displaced from their homes and sought refuge in evacuation centres.
Since the onset of the flooding, the Philippine Red Cross has mobilized more than 800 staff and volunteers to support search and rescue and relief efforts. They have rescued more than 1000 people and assisted in the evacuation of a further 8,000.
First aid, psychosocial support, and emergency relief assistance have also been provided to flood affected communities. More than 31,000 people have received emergency food packages and another 22,000 have been provided with hot meals in relief centres.
“Red Cross staff and volunteers have a long history of working with disaster affected communities, and are well equipped to provide relief in Manila,” said Joe Cropp, IFRC communications delegate.
“They live in the communities they serve, so were the first to respond when the disaster hit and have the greatest motivation to help their communities recover.”
For more information, or to set up interviews, please contact:
• Joe Cropp, communications delegate, Asia Pacific, IFRC
Mobile: +60 122 837 305. E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
• Selva Sinnadurai, country representative, IFRC Philippines office. Mobile: +63 9178806844. Email: email@example.com
In Kuala Lumpur:
• Patrick Fuller, communications manager, Asia Pacific, IFRC
Mobile: +60 122 308 451. E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
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