Following Tropical Storm Fung-Wong (known as Mario in the Philippines), which brought heavy rains and severe flooding to low-lying areas of the northern Philippine Islands, Direct Relief has reached out to local officials as they assess medical needs.
More than one million people have been affected across 27 provinces, with nearly 130,000 people seeking shelter at 324 evacuation centers. At least 11 people have been killed and 425 houses destroyed, reports the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
The Emergency Response team is in touch with the Philippines Department of Health and the Philippine Red Cross as they evaluate medical supply needs. Additionally, two forty-foot containers of medicines and medical supplies valued at $150,000 are currently en route to the Philippines Department of Health in Manila and an another forty-foot container is headed to health center partners in Cebu. Medicines and supplies contained in these shipments may be used in recovery efforts.
The team will continue to monitor health needs in the area. To donate to Direct Relief’s emergency preparedness and response efforts, click here. Follow @DirectRelief on Twitter for the latest updates on this response.