Communities affected by ‘Maring’ assisted by PH Red Cross

People who were affected by floods and landslides due to severe tropical storm “Maring” received assistance from the Philippine Red Cross (PRC).

(Photo from Philippine Red Cross)

As “Maring” battered Northern Luzon Region, PRC immediately sprinted into action and assisted the communities who needed help.

PRC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dick Gordon said that the humanitarian organization is always ready to extend help.

“Our years of experience have helped our chapters establish connections with communities for us to better help them during calamities,” Gordon said.

“They know they can call us for rubber boats if people are stranded in floods, and rescue vehicles which we can use to help get them to safety,” he added.

The PRC Chapters in Northern Luzon were alerted and given instructions by Gordon to monitor the weather condition and report the situation to the PRC Operations Center.

Teams of responders and first aiders were ready to deliver life-saving help to those in need.

As reported by PRC Baguio Chapter, there were road closures in Kennon Road, Marcos Highway, and Asin Road brought by landslides along with reported power outages in 50 percent of the city.

Meanwhile, it was also reported that whole Apayao province experienced power interruption.

The PRC Benguet Chapter recorded five damaged houses in their area and flooding in Wangal, La Trinidad which submerged four houses in nine feet of water.

Floods also affected areas in Baggao and Centro West Allacapan with reported power interruptions in some areas.

Meanwhile, the PRC Cagayan Chapter deployed teams for assessment and to assist residents of flooded communities.

PRC also deployed its Emergency Response Unit (ERU) water search and rescue along with a team from the Welfare services who are in charge of the distribution of hot meals to individuals in evacuation centers and temporary shelters.