The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has dispatched humanitarian augmentation support teams to Cagayan Valley where many communities remain submerged in floodwaters todate. Heavy rains brought about severe flooding in Cagayan and Isabela.
PRC Chairman and CEO Senator Richard J. Gordon earlier ordered the deployment of staff and volunteers to conduct rescue and relief operations in the area.
“Cagayan needs our help badly, so, we immediately sent our teams there with rescue vehicles and boats. Our volunteers from Subic and Nueva Vizcaya also went there to support our rescue operations in flooded areas, while the Red Cross Cagayan chapter started distributing hot meals and provide the needed assistance to the residents at the evacuation centers,” Gordon said.
One Red Cross team sent last Sunday include PRC staff and volunteers from Water, Search and Rescue (WASAR) group from Cavite.
The PRC also sent a 10,000-liter water tanker, one food truck, one ambulance, one rescue boat, one Land Cruiser that will be used for assessing the situation in the area, and two ten-wheeler trucks that carry non-food items for distribution to the affected residents.
The non-food items include 500 sets of sleeping kits, jerry cans, hygiene kits and tarpaulins.
“We have mobilized all our available resources to meet this new challenge, supporting communities that are getting back on their feet after being hit hard by multiple storms on top of the relentless physical, emotional and economic toll of Covid-19,” Gordon said.
Typhoon Ulysses is the 13th big storm that hit the country this year. Aside from Cagayan Valley, it also battered the National Capital Region (NCR), various parts of Central Luzon, Rizal province and some areas in Bicol.