AS severe tropical storm Maring batters the Northern Luzon Region, the Philippine Red Cross immediately sprinted into action, assisting communities and people who were affected by floods and landslides.
” Laging handa ang Philippine Red Cross upang magbigay ng tulong. Bago pa man dumating ang isang bagyo, kasama na tayo sa mga komunidad upang maghanda. Our years of experience have helped our chapters establish connections with communities for us to better help them during calamities. They know they can call us for rubber boats if people are stranded in floods, and rescue vehicles which we can use to help get them to safety,” PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Richard Gordon said.
PRC Chapters in Northern Luzon were alerted and given instructions by Sen. Gordon to monitor the weather condition and report the situation to the PRC Operations Center. Teams of responders and first aiders were ready to deliver life-saving help to those in need.
The PRC Baguio Chapter reported road closures on Kennon Road, Marcos Highway, and Asin Road brought by landslides along with reported power outages in 50% of the city. On the other hand, the whole Apayao province experienced power interruption.
PRC Benguet Chapter recorded five damaged houses in their area and flooding in Wangal, La Trinidad which submerged four houses in nine feet of water. Floods also affected areas in Baggao and Centro West Allacapan with reported power interruptions in some areas.
The PRC Cagayan Chapter deployed teams for assessment, and to assist residents of flooded communities. PRC also deployed its Emergency Response Unit (ERU) water search and rescue along with a team from the Welfare services who are in charge of the distribution of hot meals to individuals in evacuation centers and temporary shelters.