Two days after Typhoon Washi ravaged parts of the Philippines with massive flash floods and storms, families are struggling to pick up the pieces. Today, the confirmed death toll stands at 652, although sadly we expect this to rise. Our colleagues in the Philippine Red Cross tell us they are particularly concerned about children affected by the devastating floods: “Do we still have Christmas?” one child was overheard asking.
The Red Cross relief effort is already underway. The Philippine Red Cross has emergency supplies pre-positioned in strategic locations, and have already distributed 1000 food parcels, emergency hygiene kits, mosquito nets, sleeping mats, blankets and water. More relief goods are being rushed to the affected areas as you read this.
Over 7500 people are currently being cared for in evacuation centres, where they are receiving hot meals and medical treatment. Over 500 Red Cross volunteers have been deployed in the affected areas. Search and rescue teams are operating around the clock, hunting for survivors.