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Red Cross extends assistance to victims of quake-hit Batanes

By: - Reporter / @CMarquezINQ
/ 03:46 PM July 30, 2019
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Red Cross members distribute hot meals for over 2,000 survivors who were displaced after twin quakes hit Itbayat town in Zambales on July 27.

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has extended its assistance to survivors of the twin quakes that hit Itbayat town in Batanes over the weekend.

In a statement on Tuesday, PRC said they distributed meals, roofing materials and water for over 2,000 earthquake victims who took shelter in tents in front of a Municipal Hall in Itbayat.

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PRC also sent radio equipment, satellite phones and water purification units for the victims.

PRC Chairman Richard Gordon said their organization would soon provide shelter to the affected individuals.

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“We are assessing as we are giving. Right now we are focused on their immediate needs, but eventually, we will provide their long-term needs, such as houses,” Gordon said in a statement.

PRC’s welfare teams also extended psychosocial support for victims who experienced trauma due to the earthquake.

Nine people died while around 60 were injured after a magnitude 5.4 quake rocked Itbayat town on Saturday (July 27) morning. This was followed by a stronger magnitude 5.9 quake.

READ: Death toll from Batanes twin quakes rises to 9

READ: Magnitude 5.4 quake rocks Itbayat, Batanes

READ: 5.9 magnitude quake jolts Batanes

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