The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) humanitarian caravan loaded with emergency relief supplies and other equipment intended for Typhoon Lawin (international name Haima) affected families and areas are now in the provinces of Isabela and Cagayan ready to distribute relief items and assist in the clearing operations.
PRC's humanitarian caravan left Manila on Saturday (October 22) to bring emergency assistance and aid in Typhoon Lawin affected areas in Cagayan Valley. Initial reports from PRC's assessment and monitoring teams reported that 70 percent of houses and community infrastructures in the provinces had roofs blown off.
"Relief supplies and assistance for our people in Isabela and Cagayan are now at hand. Our teams are already helping in the clearing operations and are in close coordination with the local governments for the distribution of emergency relief items," PRC Chairman Richard Gordon said.
Two teams were deployed to conduct an assessment and provide assistance to the most affected areas. The first team reached Isabela yesterday, October 23, and are now unloading relief supplies which include the following: 1,035 Corrugated Galvanized Irons (CGIs), 1,000 pieces each of tarpaulins, sleeping mats, mosquito nets and blankets, 500 hygiene kits,500 jerry cans, 100 cadaver bags, 2,000 pairs of shoes, 5,000 pieces of clothes, 1 tower light and 2 generator sets.
The other team is now in Cagayan with a Hot Meals on Wheels van for distribution of cooked meals, a fuel tanker, land cruiser ambulance, 10-wheeler dump truck, and other equipment for clearing operations.
Anticipating greater damages and needs of the affected population in the affected areas, PRC also launched an appeal for the affected families last Saturday, October 22. Those who wish to donate may deposit their cash donations to the following PRC savings accounts:
Source: Philippine Information Agency