American Red Cross Contributes $75,000 to Philippine Disaster Relief
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
The American Red Cross is contributing $75,000 to help those affected by Typhoon Washi, which struck the Mindanao area in the southern Philippines late Saturday evening. Most recent reports state the typhoon has left more than 1,000 dead, 1,600 injured and has impacted some 640,000 people overall. Massive flooding and landslides have left nearly 20,ooo homes damaged or destroyed, crushed infrastructure such as roads, bridges, power lines, and telecommunications and brought domestic flights to a halt. In the hardest hit areas, Filipino agriculture has sustained damages upwards of $27.5 million, a crushing number for the local economy. These numbers are expected to rise with further assessment of the damage.
The Philippine Red Cross is heavily engaged with rescue and relief operations, responding with more than 600 volunteers and staff. In addition, they have provided food to nearly 4,000 people and have set up first aid and social services at evacuation centers. Through support from the global Red Cross and Red Crescent network, they plan to provide 25,000 affected people with food, relief supplies, water and sanitation, hygiene, shelter and livelihoods assistance, in the coming days and weeks. Working with the Philippine Red Cross, the International Committee of the Red Cross has dispatched 3,000 hygiene kits as well as pre-positioned relief supplies, for 5,000 families with more items to come.
For more information on the disaster, visit http://www.redcross.org.ph.
Last updated on Monday, December 19, 2011
Late Saturday evening, Typhoon Washi struck the Mindanao area in the southern Philippines, leaving hundreds dead and hundreds more missing. According to the national disaster risk reduction and management council (NDRRMC), more than 135,000 people have been affected, with 45,000 currently being served in 47 evacuation centers. Massive flooding and landslides have left 4,000 homes damaged or destroyed, crushed infrastructure such as roads, bridges, power lines, telecommunications, and damaged the country’s agricultural based economy. These numbers are expected to rise with further assessment of the damage.
The Philippine Red Cross is heavily engaged with rescue and relief operations, responding with more than 600 volunteers and staff. The PRC has provided hot meals to some 2,300 people and has set up first aid and welfare desks at its evacuation centers. In addition, the International Committee of the Red Cross has dispatched 3,000 hygiene kits from its warehouses in Davaao, Mindanao’s capital. Additional supplies of food packages and relief supplies are in route to the region. In country, volunteers are also conducting assessments to determine levels of damage and to plan next steps.
The American Red Cross is closely monitoring the situation through our partners in the region and stands ready to support the Philippine Red Cross if required.
For more information on the disaster, visit http://www.redcross.org.ph.
The Turkish Red Crescent Society, with the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), has determined that external assistance is not required at this time. As such, the American Red Cross is not accepting donations designated to this response operation.
Turkey – A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck the eastern province of Van, Turkey on Sunday at 1:41 pm local time. The quake’s epicenter was below the village of Tabanli. Turkey is located on an active seismic zone and this is the most powerful earthquake to hit the country in over a decade. Dozens of buildings collapsed leaving many people injured, trapped, or homeless. Temperatures are close to freezing at night and aftershocks continue to strike the region.
Turkish Red Crescent is one of the largest disaster response organizations in Europe and has prepared extensively for large earthquakes.The Turkish Red Crescent headquarters in Ankara has sent more than 100 disaster specialists and thousands of relief supplies to the region. The Turkish government is leading the response effort and has mobilized vehicles, personnel, supplies and ambulances.Turkish Red Crescent volunteers and staff are working diligently to reach people trapped in the rubble. They have distributed more than 12,000 tents and 25,000 blankets, as well as food and clean water. The Turkish Red Crescent has set up feeding centers for those who have lost their homes or are unwilling to re-enter them, fearing aftershocks. A tent city is being set up in the stadium in the city of Ercis and blood products are being set to hospitals in the region.
The American Red Cross is in communication with partners in the region and is monitoring the situation closely. After the devastating 1999 earthquake in Turkey that left over half a million people homeless, the American Red Cross developed a strong partnership with the Turkish Red Crescent to help increase their response capacity. We have provided support following major earthquakes as well as supporting initiatives to strengthen disaster preparedness.
American Red Cross Pledges Up to $1 Million for Horn of Africa
[Washington, DC] July 28, 2011 – The American Red Cross today announced a pledge of up to $1 million for the evolving humanitarian crisis in eastern Africa, continuing its history of support to the region.
With 2011 classified as the driest year on record in the eastern Horn of Africa, the health, livelihoods and food security of millions of Somalis, Ethiopians and Kenyans are at serious risk.
“The need is dire at best as families grapple with the lack of food, water and health services, and the American Red Cross is eager to support our local partners that are tackling malnutrition, providing water and medical care, stabilizing livelihoods, and mitigating other consequences of this complex crisis,” said Apu Patel, regional director for Africa with the American Red Cross.
With water sources dwindling, rural families are increasingly consuming untreated water, collected directly from streams and rivers, putting them at serious risk from waterborne diseases such as cholera and typhoid. Fields used by farmers for grazing livestock have dried up in the worsening drought, causing many families to uproot and migrate in search of viable food and water sources. The rising cost of fuel and food as well as political insecurity in some areas of Somalia has also exacerbated problems.
Press Release: American Red Cross Contributions to Japan Disaster Response Increase to Nearly $245 MillionJuly 11, 2011
American Red Cross Contributions to Japan Disaster Response Increase to Nearly $245 Million
New $35 million donation means that almost 90 percent of U.S. donations have been sent to Japan in four months
[WASHINGTON] Monday, July, 11 2011 – The American Red Cross is making a $35 million donation to the Japanese Red Cross, bringing its contributions the country’s earthquake and tsunami response to nearly $245 million – about 90 percent of the money donated.
The new donation to the Japanese Red Cross comes as Japan continues to work to recover from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami as well as newer developments such as Sunday’s aftershock, last month’s flooding, and the onset of summer heat.
The Japanese Red Cross has made significant progress four months after the devastating disasters struck the country’s northeast coastline on March 11. The American Red Cross is backing more than half of the Japanese Red Cross’ $350 million aid program designed to meet the continuing emergency and longer-term recovery needs of more than 90,000 families living in evacuation centers and temporary housing.
With funding provided by the American Red Cross, more than 36,000 families have already received a set of household appliances, including a washing machine, refrigerator, microwave, rice cooker and hot water dispenser, for their temporary homes. As the temperature rises, seasonal appliances, such as electric fans, will be considered for future distributions.
“The number of families receiving appliances has grown exponentially in recent weeks – which is a good indicator that people are transitioning out of the evacuation centers and into more comfortable accommodations, such as pre-fabricated houses and vacant apartments provided through the government” said Alex Mahoney, disaster management expert with the American Red Cross.
Ultimately, the Red Cross will provide 90,000 families with household appliances while also improving water and sanitation systems and providing comfort items for those who still remain at the evacuation centers.
With the arrival of Haiti’s rainy season, the American Red Cross is working hard to prepare vulnerable populations still living in camps after last year’s earthquake.
American Red Cross Investments in Japan Disaster Response Exceed $160 Million
Donations for earthquake and tsunami response will be used to help homeless, sick and elderly
[Washington, DC] May 13, 2011 – The American Red Cross is making another $30 million donation to the Japanese Red Cross, bringing its contributions to date to more than $160 million.
The Japanese Red Cross announced a $350 million long-term recovery plan supported by donations from its international partners, including the American Red Cross. The American Red Cross expects that its contributions to the Japanese Red Cross will support more than half of the planned activities.
Red Cross and Red Crescent partners from around the world, including the American Red Cross, gathered in Tokyo from May 9-11 to review the response to the disaster so far and to discuss plans to aid long-term recovery.
“During the meeting, the group identified the need for significant investments in improving temporary living conditions, restoring emergency and routine health services, and caring for the elderly and vulnerable children,” said Alex Mahoney, disaster management expert with the American Red Cross. “As the Japanese Red Cross moves forward with this plan, the American Red Cross will continue to direct funds to help meet the survivors’ unprecedented and evolving needs.”
About two-thirds of the donations received from international partners will be utilized to improve the living conditions for people in evacuation centers and temporary homes being constructed by the government. The Japanese Red Cross is supplying water, shower and kitchen facilities in evacuation centers. Donations are also being used to outfit the 72,000 pre-fabricated houses with six electrical appliances each, which will help an estimated 280,000 people resume normal activities and jump start their recovery.
In addition, the Japanese Red Cross will support the rebuilding of a temporary hospital in Ishinomaki City, the strengthening of the region’s only remaining critical care facility and the future construction of a permanent nursing school dedicated to training specialists in disaster medical care.
American Red Cross Contributes Another $30 Million for Japan’s Recovery
[Washington, DC] April 29, 2011 – The American Red Cross today committed another $30 million to the Japan earthquake and tsunami relief and recovery efforts, bringing the organization’s total contribution to $133.5 million. The latest donation to the Japanese Red Cross followed a four-day visit to Japan by Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the American Red Cross.
With the funds sent to date in support of the Japanese Red Cross and other humanitarian partners, the American Red Cross becomes one of the largest private, international contributors to the response. As of April 28, the American Red Cross had raised more than $197 million for the Japan earthquake and Pacific tsunami response, including more than $4.5 million in text donations.
Additional contributions to Japan will follow today’s $30 million gift as pledges are fulfilled and donations are received.
McGovern, who had gone to Japan at the invitation of the Japanese Red Cross, spent four days traveling the affected areas, meeting with survivors and learning how American donations have been and will in the future be put to use.
Photos and story by Olav A. Saltbones with the Norwegian Red Cross
Nanae Katayama gave birth to her third child on March 24 in a Red Cross hospital in Ishinomaki, Japan – 13 days after an earthquake and tsunami devastated communities along Japan’s northeast coast. The 31-year-old mother explains how she saved her children from the waves:
“I was in the house by myself, when the earthquake occurred. I put my head under the table, the things fell off but the house stayed still. Next moment I thought about my little boys in the nursery, whether it is safer to pick them up and bring them back to the house where things are everywhere, or let them stay there. The neighbors started to come out of the house, so I did. My friend was going to pick up her son at the same nursery, so I went with her and collected my two sons. I ran up to the hilly area with kids in both my hands and in my stomach.
Afterward, I was told that the tsunami hit the nursery 5 to 10 minutes later than that. Now a car is hanging off the entrance gate of the nursery and possibility of some children lost their lives. If I didn’t get a lift with my friend at that time, I would never ever have been able to hold my sons’ hands again. When I think about it, it is really scary. On top of the luck I didn’t lose my sons, now I am very happy to have a (long-awaited baby girl).”