Kuwait Red Crescent embarks on relief efforts in PH
The KRCS warehouse in the Philippines
KUWAIT CITY - The Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) in cooperation with the Kuwait Embassy in the Philippines and the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC) recently distributed some 10,000 family-size food parcels to typhoon Haiyan survivors in the Philippines.
KRCS Director of Disaster Management and Emergency Yousef Al Merag, who just came back after a two-week humanitarian relief mission in the typhoon-hit areas in central Philippines, said each food parcel contained rice, noodles, coffee, sugar, salt, oil and milk.
"Our KRCS volunteers together with the Philippine Red Cross distributed the food parcels in Tacloban City and Palo, Leyte," Al Merag said, who recounted to ABS-CBN Middle East the extent of devastation wrought by the super typhoon last November 8.
The storm surge killed over 6,000 people and displaced more than 3.5 million people while 1,757 remain missing. It may be recalled that a week after the calamity, His Highness, the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah announced the donation of US$10 million worth of urgent aid to the Philippines to help the nation.
He added that upon the instruction of KRCS Chairman Barjas Humoud Al-Barjas, they are now preparing for their next relief mission in the Philippines in February this year. More KRCS volunteers are expected to join the humanitarian team next month to the Philippines.
“The distribution of food parcels this February is in line with our continuing relief efforts to help the typhoon survivors. The food parcel will contain the same food items except milk so as not to create confusion whether it’s formula milk for infants or for adults. A lot of people still need our help not only in their daily food, but also in helping them rebuild their lives after the devastation,” Al Merag said.
Typhoon survivors get their food parcels from KRCS
He recounted that they were surprised to see some KRCS tents that KRCS donated during a similar humanitarian aid in 2009 after a super typhoon were put up and used by the evacuees now. “It’s good to see that our donations have been put into use,” he stated.
Al Merag said the KRCS will be distributing in February 10,000 food parcels and additional relief items such as 5,000 kitchen sets, 10,000 blankets, 10,000 plastic jerry cans, 10,000 plastic sheets and 10,000 mosquito nets.
“We have already informed the Philippine Red Cross about our next relief mission and we’re just waiting for their reply to pinpoint the specific areas of the relief distribution. During my visit, there are still some remote areas that did not get any relief goods. Hopefully, we can reach those far-flung areas and hopefully, we get to hear from our counterpart the soonest,” he said.
The KRCS also sent a letter to the PNRC requesting for the specifications of the bunkhouses for the typhoon survivors. “We are still waiting for their reply till now,” he said.
On their next mission, Al Merag stressed that they will look into the other needs of the typhoon Haiyan survivors and KRCS vowed to help them get back to their feet.