Red Cross helps families affected by floods, landslides in Mindanao PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 January 2011 15:46

The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) chapters in Mindanao provided various forms of assistance to several families affected by floods and landslides due to continuous heavy rains, mostly in Caraga Region, PRC officials said Wednesday.

In Surigao del Sur where a state of calamity has been declared, the PRC chapter conducted mass feeding and relief operations in Tago town, one of the severely affected municipalities.

More than 29,000 families have been reported to be affected by flood in the province, with 428 families staying in evacuation centers.

In Agusan del Sur, the PRC chapter has served 1,478 families from the feeding activities held in an evacuation center in Bunawan.

At least 1,000 families have reportedly fled to evacuation centers, as of Tuesday evening. PRC Agusan del Sur chapter is also set to distribute relief items to at least 300 affected families Thursday.

Meanwhile, PRC Davao del Sur Chapter will conduct ocular survey and assessment in Sta. Maria town where 100 families were affected by flooding in barangays Pong Pong, Bucca and San Isidro. Two persons were reported missing.

“Some parts of the country were unfortunately welcomed in 2011 with tormenting floods and landslides. We appeal to everyone for help to aid the affected families,” said PRC chairman Richard Gordon.

According to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), moderate to heavy rains that prevailed since late December due to tail-end of a cold front triggered the massive flooding and landslides in some areas in Mindanao.