Communities battered by ‘Maring’ continue to receive assistance from PH Red Cross

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To help communities that were affected by Severe Tropical Storm (STS) “Maring” continues to receive relief assistance from the Philippine Red Cross (PRC).

PRC, through the help of the its chapters and partner national societies, has been providing the thousands of “Maring”-affected communities with food and non-food relief assistance since the severe tropical storm made landfall last Oct. 11.

“Patuloy ang Philippine Red Cross sa pagtulong sa mga nahihirapan sa panahon ng kalamidad, lalo na ang mga most vulnerable (The Philippine Red Cross continues to help those in need during disasters, especially the most vulnerable),” said PRC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Richard Gordon.

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STS “Maring” affected 1,920 barangays in 127 municipalities located in 10 provinces, helping a total of 100,241 families or 400,401 individuals.

It also caused 41 deaths in Northern Luzon and damaged 6,360 houses, placing the affected provinces under a state of calamity.

Gordon immediately mobilized and deployed its assets to support the provinces in rescue and relief operations. PRC distributed basic needs such as clothing to 649 individuals in La Union, 3,139 bottles of water, 2,000 jerry cans, 1,000 kitchen sets, 2,000 mosquito nets, 2,000 blankets, 2,000 sleeping mats, and 972 mattresses.

“Ako ay nagpapasalamat sa lahat ng ating partners, staff, at volunteers sa walang pagod na tumutulong sa mga naapektuhan ng STS Maring (I am grateful to all our partners, staff, and volunteers for tirelessly helping those affected by STS Maring),” Gordon said.

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PRC also provided the provinces with bread to 1,665 individuals, 8,754 individuals with Hot Meals, and food items to 507 families.

“Makaaasa kayo na ang Red Cross ay patuloy sa pagbibigay ng pag-asa at i-uplift ang dignidad natin upang tayo ay makabangon at makatayo muli sa sarili nating mga paa (You can count on the Red Cross to continue to give hope and uplift our dignity so that we can rise and stand on our own two feet again),” he added.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, PRC made sure to promote hygiene to 1,075 individuals, distributing 92,000 liters of clean water serving 5,288 individuals.

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Face masks were also distributed to 2,047 individuals to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 while conducting relief operations.

The PRC assured that it will continue to provide relief operations to help as many communities and individuals that were affected by “Maring.”