First Typhoon of the season hits Philippines

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Typhoon Rammasun (Glenda), the year’s first typhoon of the rainy season, passed to the south of Manila on Wednesday after cutting a path through the eastern islands.

The Philippine Red Cross assisted in the evacuation and rescue of affected families in Baseco Compound, Manila.  Medical teams administered first aid to evacuees with minor injuries. 250 staff and volunteers nationwide are currently deployed to assist typhoon-affected families. They are providing hot meals in evacuation centres, clearing debris and assisting in evacuation areas.

In advance of the arrival of Typhoon Rammasun yesterday, the Philippine Red Cross prepared local communities with safety advice and regular storm updates.  In Haiyan affected areas, the Philippine Red Cross prepared tents, tarpaulins and non-food items in anticipation of flooding.

Richard Gordon, chairman of the Philippine National Red Cross, said there was minimal damage in the capital but staff had assisted in rescuing people trapped by fallen debris in Batangas City to the south where two people were electrocuted.

"We have not received reports of major flooding in Metro Manila because the typhoon did not bring rain, but the winds were strong," he said.