Red Cross delivers relief items to earthquake victims in Guihulngan, La Libertad and other areas

February 10, 2012 11:00 pm 

DUMAGUETE CITY, Feb. 10 – The Philippine National Red Cross has delivered more relief goods to earthquake victims in the northern towns of Negros Oriental, with the worst-hit Guihulngan City as the priority area.

Louella Bael, head of the Red Cross local chapter, led a team of volunteers on Thursday to deliver the relief items to Guihulngan on board the Philippine Coast Guard’s Search-and-Rescue Vessel (SARV)-003, the BRP Davao del Norte.

Included in the delivery were 500 food packs, each consisting of five kilos of rice and five cans of sardines; 500 jerry cans of water; 1,000 mats; 1,000 blankets; 1,000 bottled water (1000 ml each); 30 tents and a large rub hall tent that can accommodate 100 beds.

The rub hall tent is intended for patients at the Guihulngan District Hospital that are currently temporarily staying outside in makeshift tents after the hospital building incurred cracks following the magnitude 6.9 earthquake that struck many parts of Negros Oriental and other areas in the Visayas last Monday.

Also brought were 20 drums of gasoline and 20 drums of diesel fuel for use by the Emergency Rescue Unit of the national headquarters, the Ambulance Unit in Bacolod and the Rescue Group in Iloilo, all of the Philippine Red Cross. These groups have been tasked to distribute the relief goods to earthquake victims.

Meanwhile, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) are expected to send relief assistance to the disaster-affected areas on Friday.

The goods are to be transported via Bacolod City in Negros Occidental to Guihulngan as the latter could not be accessed from Dumaguete City after roads and bridges had been destroyed by the earthquake.

The ICRC and IFRC have promised to send one unit water treatment equipment, two bladder tanks that can each hold 10,000 liters of water, one unit power generator set, one unit tower light, two electric fans and six rubber boats, said Bael.

Medical supplies and emergency medicines from the ICRC are also expected for the Guihulngan District Hospital on Friday.

Two patients were also airlifted on Thursday by the local Red Cross to nearby Cebu for treatment. (PNA) LAP/ JFP

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