Philippines: Red Cross seeks CHF 2.63 million to assist survivors of Typhoon Washi

Published: 21 December 2011
Philippine Red Cross put up first aid stations in different evacuation points in the affected areas to assist the affected families. Photo: Philippine Red Cross

20 December 2011, Manila — Today, a preliminary appeal for 2.63 million Swiss francs (USD 2.8 million, Euro 2.2 million) has been issued by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). The funds will be used to support Philippine Red Cross in delivering assistance to 25,000 people who have been severely affected by Typhoon Washi.

The death toll from flash floods caused by the heavy rains that accompanied the typhoon is now believed to have exceeded 900 with some 1,500 injured. Many people are still missing and thousands have been forced to seek refuge in evacuation centres. Richard Gordon, Philippine Red Cross chairman, said the devastation in the area was unprecedented.  “I’ve gone through many disasters but this one is the worst as some of the survivors have lost so many family members,” he said. “Some have lost as many as 30 relatives.”

The Philippine Red Cross relief operation will prioritize delivering immediate life-saving aid to the worst affected families. This includes delivering food, blankets, sleeping mats, jerry cans and providing shelter assistance to families in the worst affected areas of Iligan City and Cagayan de Oro in Northern Mindanao region.

The appeal will complement the rapid response already undertaken by Philippine Red Cross. More than 600 volunteers and staff have been active since the storm hit. Teams have been involved in search and rescue, as well as supporting people in evacuation centres by providing hot meals, distributing food packs and setting up first aid posts. The organization has also dispatched emergency supplies of food and non-food items for 5,000 families from Manila and Davao to the affected area..

The livelihoods of people affected by the disaster have been disrupted as they have lost their homes and most of their possessions. The Red Cross appeal will also support 1,200 particularly vulnerable households with transitional shelter and early recovery grants to help them rebuild their homes.  

For more information, or to set up interviews, please contact:

In Manila:
• Teresita Usapdin, communications consultant, Philippine Red Cross.
Mobile: +63 9155 725 002. E-mail : teresita.usapdin@redcross.org.ph

In Mindanao:
• Matthew Cochrane, communications, IFRC. Mobile: +66 81 922 8739 or +63 928 340 5509
E-mail : matthew.cochrane@ifrc.org

In Kuala Lumpur:
• Patrick Fuller, communications manager Asia Pacific, IFRC.
Mobile +60 122 308 451 E-mail : patrick.fuller@ifrc.org

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