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Red Cross sends rescue vehicles to areas hit by ‘Odette’



Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has deployed its rescue vehicles in Visayas and Mindanao following the devastation brought by Typhoon Odette.

PRC chairman and Senator Richard Gordon on Friday said he has instructed all the humanitarian group’s staff and volunteers from Cebu, Passi, Aklan, Bohol, and Lapu-Lapu chapters to assist in the rescue operations.

“We will continue to monitor the areas that will be hit by typhoon Odette to give immediate action to those affected. I encourage everyone to be prepared because the typhoon is strong,” Gordon said.

“We have prepared food trucks, rescue boats, water tankers, water search and rescue units, tents, and payloaders in case of a landslide so that aid can arrive quickly,” he added.

At the same time, PRC also assisted 235 individuals who had been stranded at the Matnog Port, Sorsogon.

The group provided ready-to-eat meals and set up a welfare desk, medical station, and child-friendly-space activities.

In response to Super Typhoon Odette, Gordon deployed the PRC’s hot meals on wheels to serve 400 individuals in Sta Clara Terminal, Northern Samar, 1,235 individuals at St Theresa College Covered Court, Surigao del Sur, and 282 individuals in Culasi Roxas City, Capiz.