Yolanda relief efforts ‘doing well’

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Saturday, December 7, 2013


“WHAT I saw is promising,” said Secretary General Bekele Geleta of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) about his visit to areas affected by typhoon Yolanda.

He visited the town of Palo and cities of Ormoc and Tacloban yesterday along with Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Chairman Richard Gordon to see how Red Cross is doing in these areas.

As of yesterday, PRC had served 38 percent of their target number of 400,000 families to help.

“Compared to many places I visited where big disasters took place, the relief efforts facilitated by PRC started out well,” Geleta said.

He said it was a good start for an area heavily affected by a calamity.

He said, though, that there is still a lot to be done.

Almost a month after the storm, PRC has been helping survivors not just with relief goods but also in rebuilding houses and providing livelihood.

Logistics

Gordon said PRC experienced logistical problems in their efforts.

“We encountered difficulties in transporting our goods,” Gordon said.

But even with the difficulties, Gordon said PRC continued their efforts to fast-track the arrival of help.

After the relief efforts, Gordon said they will do a detailed assessment on what to do to help affected areas recover. This study will be done by January.

PRC has been supported by several international counterparts, such as the IFRC, German Red Cross, Spanish Red Cross, Australian Red Cross, Finnish Red Cross, the Netherlands Red Cross, Swiss Red Cross, Danish Red Cross and British Red Cross.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 07, 2013.

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