Red Cross responds to flooding in the Philippines
The Philippine Red Cross is providing emergency relief to flood-affected communities after Typhoons Saola and Haikui swept across the country during the south-west monsoon, bringing torrential rain and triggering significant flooding.
The rains have swamped a large portion of Metro Manila, and killed at least 95 people throughout the country.
Typhoons Saola and Haikui have brought the heaviest rains the Philippines has seen in three years, affecting over 3.7million people across the country. Over 330,000 people are seeking temporary shelter in 808 evacuation centers.
Philippine Red Cross mobilized more than 800 staff and volunteers to help with the evacuation and deliver relief aid to flooded communities. To date, the Red Cross has rescued more than 1,000 people, and provided emergency food packages or hot meals to 52,000 people.
The Red Cross is intensifying its response over the coming days, with services to meet the needs of at least 30,000 families. The Red Cross will support disease prevention, health and hygiene education for 10,000 families in areas where floodwaters have disrupted sanitation systems. Safe water and adequate sanitation will also be provided to another 10,000 families, especially those not able to return to their homes and living in evacuation centres.
Canadians who wish to support Red Cross efforts in the Philippines can make a donation to the Canadian Red Cross Philippines Disaster Fund. Funds will be used to support disaster relief operations in the country, and to help communities recover and rebuild from the disaster. To donate to the Philippines Disaster Fund, please call 1-800-418-1111 or click here to donate online.