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Red Cross Press Release 27 August 2013
Today, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) has launched a preliminary emergency appeal for 1.68 million Swiss francs (1.8 million US dollars, 1.36 million euros) that will help the Philippine Red Cross to deliver emergency assistance to 75,000 people affected by the floods in the Philippine capital Manila and surrounding provinces.
The floods first began on August 18, caused largely by constant rains fuelled by Tropical Storm Trami which passed north of Luzon a week ago. In total, some 2.9 million people have been affected across 45 municipalities and cities, with 22 deaths reported and three people missing.
The impact of the flooding has been most felt in several cities of Metro Manila and the provinces of Bataan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal. At the peak of the flooding more than 800,000 people were displaced from their homes. According to the Government, 63,500 people remain in evacuation centres while over 200,000 are staying with host families.
The flooding caused widespread disruption in the Philippine capital and although floodwaters have receded in most parts of Metro Manila it may be weeks before they recede in surrounding provinces.
“The longer people are unable to return to their homes, the longer they are dependent on humanitarian aid,” explains Bernd Schell, head of the IFRC office in Manila.
The floods come barely a week after Typhoon Utor slammed into Luzon, killing 11 people and damaging more than 21,000 homes, mostly in the province of Aurora.
“It’s highly likely that the monsoon season will bring more storms. This emergency appeal is to provide immediate assistance but also help us to be in a position to respond to what is likely to occur in the weeks and months ahead”, says Bernd Schell.
The IFRC appeal aims to provide ready-to-eat meals in the evacuation centres. Food and non-food items such as sleeping mats and water containers will be distributed to over 50,000 people and cash based solutions will help to meet the subsistence needs of affected families over the next four months.
Funds will be spent on improving the health, water and sanitation conditions of 75,000 people. This includes mobilising volunteers to carry out health and hygiene education to prevent sickness and providing supplies of safe water for evacuees. Under the appeal, 500 families will also receive shelter assistance in the form of material and tools and/or cash grants that will enable them to rebuild or repair their damaged homes.
For further information, please contact:
- Madeline Wilson, Emergency Communications, IFRC Asia Pacific
- Tel.: +63 999 984 6263,
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- Twitter: @MadsaWilson
In Kuala Lumpur:
- Patrick Fuller, Communications Manager, IFRC Asia Pacific
- Tel.: +60 122308451,
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Twitter: @Pat_Fuller