Eminent persons of Red Cross Movement to visit the Philippines
A group of eminent persons from different Red Cross Red Crescent national societies will visit the Philippines for the Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) movement support mission of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
American Red Cross, the Republic of Korea National Red Cross, Red Cross Society of China, New Zealand Red Cross, Norweigan Red Cross, Swedish Red Cross, Japanese Red Cross, Hongkong Red Cross, Finnish Red Cross and other national societies are set to observe the situation and draw an action plan to help the most vulnerable in areas devastated by the catastrophe.
Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman and CEO Richard Gordon, together with representatives from different national societies, will put in place a strategic plan focusing on getting relief to the worst affected areas as quickly as possible and extending assistance to those most affected.
"We are overwhelmed by the support of several national societies in helping typhoon-affected families rebuild their community and bring back their dignity. Together, we are working as one," Gordon said.
With more than 1.1 million families affected from 337 municipalities and cities, PRC beefs up its relief operations in hardest-hit areas in Visayas.
As of today, a total of 9,844 food packs were provided to affected families and more than 14, individuals were provided with hot meals. Still, more than 20,000 food packs will be distributed in the next days.
Non-food items such as blankets, mats, mosquito nets, plastic mats and hygiene kits were also provided to families in evacuation centers
Meanwhile, PRC Welfare services has catered to 25,500 cases of tracing and restoring family links with 258 successful tracing requests.
In Tacloban City, PRC has installed water bladders in Tacloban Astrodome, Barangay 49, City Convention Center (evacuation center), Tanauan and Nazarene to provide potable water in severely affected areas.