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QRCS, QFFD deliver relief aid to Filipinos affected by Typhoon Vamco [EN/AR]

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December 14th, 2020 ― Doha: Pursuant to the directives of H.H. Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar, Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) is conducting an emergency response to Typhoon Vamco in the Philippines.

With funding from Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD), QRCS provided relief aid for thousands of affected families and deployed a relief delegation to take part in the intervention.

As the Qatar Emiri Air Force aircraft arrived in the Manila International Airport, the QFFD-funded cargo was discharged and cleared by QRCS’s representation mission in the Philippines, together with the delegation deployed from Doha earlier this month.

Both the staff of the Embassy of Qatar in Manila and the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) were there to facilitate the clearance of shipment.

It contained food and nonfood items, shelter kits, Kit-5 water and sanitation units, power generators, and rescue inflatable boats.

According to the action plan, the delegation met Elizabeth S. Zavalla, Secretary-General of PRC, to thank her for facilitating their work in the Philippines. During the meeting, she appreciated QRCS’s immediate intervention in response to Typhoon Vamco.

Then, the delegation visited PRC’s Operations Center to have an overview of its disaster response mechanism and the systems/programs used in dealing with the storm. They explored the possibility of upgrading cooperation between PRC’s Operations Center and QRCS’s Disaster Information Management Center (DIMC) in Doha.

Under QRCS’s relief aid distribution scheme, the distribution of nonfood items is going on in the province of Rizal, having so far reached out to 623 families (or 3,115 persons) with 405 tarpaulins (2,025 beneficiaries). PRC distributed blankets, tarpaulins, mosquito nets, jerrycans, straw mats, and kitchenware.

In the worst-affected province of Cagayan, 140 families (700 persons) received relief items that included blankets, mosquito nets, jerrycans, and plastic containers. Another 358 families (1,790 persons) received food items including rice, pasta, coffee, and canned fish and beef.

One power generator and one inflatable boat were delivered to PRC’s Cagayan chapter, to be used in rescue and quick response operations, under the QFFD-funded intervention of QRCS.

As discussed with PRC, the list of recipients includes 5,500 families in five hardest-hit provinces: Cagayan, Rizal, Isabela, Marikina, and Camarines Sur.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported that the flash floods resulting from Typhoon Vamco caused casualties, mass displacement, water supply and sewage disruption, and destruction of residential buildings and commercial shops in the ravaged provinces.

Up to date, 334 post-disaster events have been reported, including floods, landslides, damaged trees, and windstorms. The overall population affected by the typhoon is over 4.9 million.

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About Qatar Red Crescent (QRCS)

Established in 1978, Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) is a humanitarian volunteering organization that aims to assist and empower vulnerable individuals and communities without partiality or discrimination.

QRCS is a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which consists of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), and 191 National Societies. QRCS is also a member of several GCC, Arab, and Islamic organizations, such as the Islamic Committee of International Crescent and the Arab Red Crescent and Red Cross Organization (ARCO). In this legally recognized capacity, QRCS has access to disaster and conflict zones, thus serving as an auxiliary to the State of Qatar in its humanitarian efforts — a role that distinguishes it from other local charities and NGOs.

QRCS operates both locally and internationally and has ongoing international relief and development projects in a number of countries throughout the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Europe. QRCS's humanitarian actions include providing support in disaster preparedness, disaster response, risk reduction, and disaster recovery. To mitigate the impact of disasters and improve the livelihoods of affected populations, QRCS provides medical services, healthcare, and social development to local communities. It is also active at the humanitarian advocacy front. With the help of a vast network of trained, committed staff and volunteers, QRCS aspires to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity.

QRCS works under the umbrella of the seven international humanitarian principles: Humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality.