By Jel Santos
After several parts of Mindanao were jolted by a magnitude 6.6 earthquake on Tuesday, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) deployed emergency personnel and ambulances to cater to the affected individuals.
Around nine people reportedly died while over 400 others were injured when an earthquake hit Mindanao.
The areas catered to by PRC staff and volunteers were South Cotabato, Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat, North Cotabato, Davao del Sur, General Santos City and Davao City and is continuously assessing and monitoring the situation on the ground to determine further assistance needed.
“People have been evacuated such as in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato, the Philippine Red Cross has assisted in evacuation of families,” Richard Gordon, PRC chairman, said.
According to PRC, welfare desks have been put up in North Cotabato and Davao del Sur for traumatized residents. Meantime, PRC gave hot meals at the Dominican Hospital in Davao del Sur.
“In areas where electrical supply and water access have been disrupted, PRC is prepared to deploy field medical tents with generators for the injured and water tankers, bladders and filtration units for the community if needed,” the PRC chairman said.
Also, the humanitarian organization activated Red Cross Action Team, volunteers and Search-and-Rescue teams.