PRC provides aid to victims of ‘Maring’ in La Union

Published October 15, 2021, 12:10 PM

by Manila Bulletin

It has been a couple of days since the severe tropical storm Maring (international name “Kompasu”) hit the country and ravaged Northern Luzon. Nonetheless, the Philippine Red Cross is still providing much-needed support to affected communities in La Union.

The Red Cross, through its PRC La Union Chapter, is still on the ground, continuing to work around the clock to provide recovery help after Maring devastated areas in this Northern Luzon province. Maring’s damage in La Union includes houses torn down in Naguillan, flooding Brgy. Rimos in Luna, loss of electrical power in the areas of Luna, Naguillan, Bacnotan, and Balaoan.

On October 14, 2021, Red Cross distributed hygiene kits (toothpaste, toothbrush, face towel, alcohol, sanitary napkins for women) for 50 families. PRC served hot meals of tuna rice toppings and bottled water to 210 individuals from Brgy. Rimos 5, in the Municipality of Luna.

PRC’s Emergency Response Unit (ERU) assisted in evacuating families trapped in flooded areas and brought them to safety. Currently, there are still eight evacuation centers that remain open with 65 families (335 individuals).

“Tuloy-tuloy ang tulong ng Red Cross hangga’t sa makakaya namin. Nandito ang mga volunteers ng Red Cross upang umagapay sa ating mga kababayan sa La Union at iba pang probinsiyang sinalanta ng bagyong Maring,” PRC Chairman and CEO Dick Gordon.

With the help of its partners, the Red Cross has provided meals and snacks to the affected families, and distributed relief items to people in need. Trained Red Cross volunteers also contacted the affected families providing emotional support, health services, and psychosocial care for people who’ve been evacuated.