The Red Cross Round-up

The Round-up offers a weekly sample of what our sister Red Cross Societies are working on around the world.

BANGLADESH: Flash floods and landslides have claimed more than 130 lives and directly affected up to a million families across Bangladesh. Volunteers from Bangladesh Red Crescent Society responded immediately to the disaster, searching for people trapped in landslides, helping communities evacuate to safer places, distributing food and clothing to evacuees, and providing first aid. Within 24 hours of the first floods, 4,000 affected families were provided with food and other items such as water cans, candles and clothing.

PHILIPPINES: After flooding submerged 60 per cent of Manila, local Philippine Red Cross staff and volunteers have been providing emergency relief to 500 families in evacuation centres, including sanitation kits, and fresh water to help reduce the risk of disease spreading. Since the onset of the flooding, Philippine Red Cross has mobilized more than 1,800 staff and volunteers, to support search and rescue efforts and to distribute relief supplies. First aid, psychosocial support and emergency assistance have been provided to flood-affected communities. More than 97,000 people have been served with emergency food packages while another 73,000 have been provided with hot meals in relief centres. More than 55,500 litres of fresh drinking water has been delivered to help prevent the spread of disease.

GLOSSARY:

IFRC = International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
ICRC = International Committee of the Red Cross

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