The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is appealing for donations to help the families and communities affected by typhoon Ferdie that left thousands of people homeless in the northernmost part of Luzon, particularly in the island of Batanes.
The PRC’s appeal came on the heels of the recommendation of PRC assessment teams deployed in Batanes who witnessed firsthand the sorry state of the province in the aftermath of typhoon Ferdie’s devastation.
A total of 1,208 families will be provided with shelter repair materials to rebuild their houses as well as emergency relief items for the whole municipality of Itbayat and barangay San Antonio in the municipality of Basco.
The PRC operation and relief teams were also tasked to coordinate with the provincial government of Batanes to recruit more Red Cross 143 volunteers to fully provide humanitarian services in the area.
Typhoon Ferdie, internationally named Meranti, made landfall on September 11, 2016 in Itbayat, Batanes. According to the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office of Batanes, the typhoon destroyed a total of 2,902 houses of which 1,420 were totally destroyed and 1,482 were partially damaged.