Philippine Red Cross continues to support Baybay City’s TS Agaton response – Philippines

The President and CEO of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), Senator Richard “Dick” J. Gordon, has asked the PRC team in Baybay City, Leyte to continue supporting the local government in its response to Tropical Storm (TS) Agaton. Senator Gordon’s directive came 13 days after the first PRC search and rescue team arrived in the city and rescue and relief operations began in the area. The PRC’s Emergency Response Unit (ERU) continued to work alongside the city’s Emergency Response Unit in recovery operations in the landslide-affected Barangay Kantagnos.

Also yesterday, the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) team distributed 23,300 liters of water: 11,300 to Baybay National Secondary School, 6,500 to Barangay Hipusngo, 1,200 to Zone 14 and 4,300 to Area 18. The CRP response team in Baybay is coordinating with the city government to guide its actions.

To ensure the implementation of his directives, Senator Gordon continues to monitor the situation in Baybay and other areas affected by TS Agaton. He assured concerned residents that the Philippine Red Cross “will be here for the long haul, as usual.”

On April 11, after several landslides were reported in Leyte due to heavy rain caused by Tropical Storm (TS) Agaton, the PRC dispatched a search and rescue team to assist the local government in Baybay City. On April 12, a PRC humanitarian caravan, consisting of a tank truck, an ambulance and a mobile kitchen arrived in Baybay. Two other teams were added later, to reinforce the ambulance services and help provide social services, such as the distribution of hot meals and the provision of psychosocial first aid.

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