22 December 2011
The British Red Cross has released £140,000 from its Disaster Fund to support life-saving relief efforts after a typhoon in the Philippines left 900 people dead and injured at least 1,500.
Typhoon Washi struck the southern Philippines on Saturday 17 December, causing massive flooding and widespread damage in Northern Mindanao area.
Richard Gordon, Philippine Red Cross chairman, said the devastation was unprecedented. “I’ve gone through many disasters but this one is the worst as some of the survivors have lost so many family members,” he said. “Some have lost as many as 30 relatives.”
Many people are still missing and thousands have been forced to seek refuge in evacuation centres.
“People have lost everything as a result of the storm and the job of the Red Cross is to keep them safe and help them back on their feet as quickly as possible, “said British Red Cross disaster response manager, Barry Armstrong.
“The Philippine Red Cross was one of the first agencies on the scene and has been responding with 600 staff and volunteers since the storm hit.”
Red Cross teams have been involved in search and rescue, as well as supporting people in evacuation centres by providing hot meals, distributing food packs and setting up first aid posts. The Red Cross has also dispatched emergency supplies of food and other items for 5,000 families from Manila and Davao to the affected area.
About the Disaster Fund
Money from the British Red Cross Disaster Fund will pay for lifesaving aid including food, blankets, sleeping mats, jerry cans and shelter for thousands of people who have been made homeless and lost loved ones in the worst affected areas of Iligan City and Cagayan de Oro.
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