Families who have been displaced due to the war between local terrorist groups and government forces in Marawi City, southern Philippines need help and the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) is appealing to the public to extend aid.

Any form of donation will be accepted, and cash will be utilized to cover costs of both food and non-food items being handed out to the victims

“Filipinos always rise to help selflessly. Our brothers and sisters in Mindanao need you to help extend their lives while facing ongoing clashes. Let us help the most vulnerable by making a difference,” PRC Chairman Richard Gordon was quoted as saying.

Marawi City is the largest city in Lanao Del Sur, in the Mindanao region.

According to the PRC’s Operations Center, 96 villages have been affected by the clashes which began on May 23. President Rodrigo Duterte subsequently declared Martial Law on the whole island of Mindanao to contain the conflict.

More than 29,000 individuals have been forced to leave their homes and settle temporarily in evacuation centres.

PRC has provided hot meal aids to about 700 individuals, psychological support to 725 individuals, and help family members who were separated from other members.

A donation of Php 850 will provide a family with rice, noodles, canned food, and coffee good for 3 days

A donation of over Php 1,000, meanwhile, will help in the procurement of additional blankets, sleeping mats, and clean water for distribution to the victims.

Red Cross has also moved to establish water assistance in evacuation centres, and has been promoting health and hygiene to battle poor sanitation. More than 8,400 individuals have been given access to clean water.

All Red Cross ambulances and trained first aiders are ready to assist injured people, including those in nearby towns.

The humanitarian group also noted that more than 200 blood units are available at the PRC-Iligan for those needing blood transfusion.

Fore more information about donations, the public is encouraged to visit the Philippine Red Cross website or drop by their office at the PRC Tower on EDSA corner Boni Avenue in Mandaluyong City. MIMS

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