The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) honors the five emergency rescuers who died while rescuing people trapped by floods in San Miguel, Bulacan at the height of Super Typhoon Karding (international name: Noru), which hit the Philippines Sunday night.
“Nakikiramay kami sa mga mahal sa buhay ng limang rescuers na nasawi habang isinasalba ang buhay ng kanilang kababayan mula sa baha,” PRC Chairman and CEO Richard J. Gordon said.
Gordon again reminded the public to obey authorities when they order a preemptive evacuation to avoid the scenario of rescuers risking their lives to save people who did not evacuate before the typhoon made landfall.
PRC has so far served 2,984 hot meals in Quezon, Olongapo City, Manila, Laguna, Pampanga, Bulacan, Valenzuela, Rizal, Pasig, Pateros, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, and Quezon City. It also distributed more than 400 loaves of bread donated by Gardenia. Trained PRC personnel gave psychosocial first aid to 81 persons in Quezon, Laguna, and Romblon. Masks were distributed to 323 individuals in Rizal, Pasig, and Mandaluyong.
PRC teams are currently deployed in affected areas, such as Polillo Islands, to assess the damage and needs of the most vulnerable to determine their most urgent needs.