Red Cross gives water to drought-hit areas

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THE Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has provided water resources in drought-affected areas in Zamboanga City through its water production site and water distribution using water tankers.

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As of April 22, PRC has distributed 716,950 liters of water from its water production site located in Abong Abong, Upper Pasonanca and through water rationing using PRC water tankers, along with water refilling sites in Camins and Putik in Zamboanga City.

“Our water tankers are now being used to bring water to drought-affected communities in Zamboanga City, and we also plan to send our water tankers in other areas experiencing drought because of El Niño,” PRC chairman Richard Gordon said.

In Upper Pasonanca alone, more than 31,000 individuals in four villages (Camucutan, Abong-Abong, Murok and Lantawan-Busay) have been served with safe drinking water since the PRC water production site was established on February 19.

Villages which also benefited from PRC water distribution were HB Homes in Barangay Sinunuc, Masepla 1 and 3 in Barangay Mampang, Southcom Village in Barangay Upper Calarian, Barangay Malatugay Katatagan and Barangay Canelar Nunez.

The PRC mobilized its water tanker along with local trained personnel on water, sanitation and health (WASH) for water production and distribution. PRC volunteers and staff also conducted hygiene promotion activities with children 8-13 years old in the affected communities, on proper hygiene and hand washing.

Zamboanga City is under a state of calamity, with 20 percent of the city’s population experiencing low water pressure because of the severe effects of El Niño-linked drought.

As of April 25, a total of 88,823 families have received food packs distributed by the Red Cross from the various LGUs in drought-affected areas.

The Red Cross also distributed food packs in General Santos City and the provinces of Bukidnon, Maguindanao, Cotabato, Sarangani, North Cotabato and South Cotabato. The food packs contain 3-5 kilos of rice with canned goods and noodles.

The Bukidnon chapter is also continuously coordinating with the provincial and local government on plans and strategies to combat El Niño and to deliver services through provision of relief to the affected families.

In Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, which is also under a state of calamity, the PRC chapter is continuously monitoring and assessing the situation in coordination with the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

PRC Davao Oriental chapter is supporting the LGU to distribute relief items, while in Davao del Sur, PRC distributed food packs in the municipalities of Malalag and Sta. Cruz to affected families.

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