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Red Cross Aids Storm-Plagued Philippines
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October 9, 2009
The town of Carmen lies submerged by floodwaters caused by rains brought by Typhoon Parma in Pangasinan, northern Philippines. October 9, 2019.
The town of Carmen lies submerged by floodwaters caused by rains brought by Typhoon Parma in Pangasinan, northern Philippines. October 9, 2019.
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On Oct. 9, the American Red Cross received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. government for typhoon relief in the Philippines. The grantor - the U.S. Agency for International Development - administers the U.S. foreign assistance program, providing economic and humanitarian assistance in more than 120 countries worldwide.

Typhoon Parma is back. After cutting through the north part of the Philippines a week ago, it reversed course and returned on Friday morning as a tropical storm. Contending with widespread flooding, the global Red Cross network is now responding to immense humanitarian needs from this disaster as well as the recent Typhoon Ketsana.

Staff and volunteers with the Philippine National Red Cross are helping hundreds of thousands of people in evacuation centers across the country. The government estimates that nearly 40,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed by the storms.

“Multiple Red Cross responses during the past two weeks emphasize the value of our global network,” says Alex Mahoney, manager of disaster programs for Asia with the American Red Cross. “The Philippine National Red Cross was already on the ground, responding immediately to local needs. Meanwhile, we are sending financial assistance, supplies and a shelter specialist to support their relief operation.”

Specifically, the American Red Cross has mobilized aid to help those that need it most:

  • It is providing $950,000 in financial assistance and relief supplies to address the typhoons' impact in the Philippines and Vietnam.
  • It has tapped its pre-positioned stocks for both of these countries, sending thousands of insecticide-treated bed nets, jerry cans and blankets from its warehouse in Kuala Lumpur.
  • It has also sent an expert in shelter coordination to assist with local operations in the Philippines.

On the ground, the Philippine National Red Cross has been providing food aid to more than 40,000 families, as well as other relief items like hygiene kits.

You can help the victims of countless crises around the world each year by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross International Response Fund, which will provide immediate relief and long-term support through supplies, technical assistance and other support to help those in need. Donations to the International Response Fund can be sent to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013 or made by phone at 1-800-REDCROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish) or online at www.redcross.org.

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