MANILA, Philippines - The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) and Philippine Red Cross (PRC) are on double alert Thursday for more flashfloods in Davao City and elsewhere in the country.
<p>Reports reaching NDRRMC main office in suburban Quezon City said even as floodwaters in Davao have subsided, the rescue teams from the Davao del Norte Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) are monitoring the Pangi River.
<p>PRC said more than 1,500 families affected moved to higher grounds and barangay hall for temporary shelter. The Red Cross assisted in the evacuation of affected families and immediately served hot meals to keep them warm.
<p>PRC-Davao Chapter immediately mobilized its staff and more than 40 volunteers including the barangay-based Red Cross 143 volunteers who monitored the situation on the ground and gave report to the Red Cross.
<p>PRC secretary general Gwendolyn Pang said PRC-Davao also fielded its rubber boat, rescue truck, ambulance and other service vehicles to help the affected families. She said two Red Cross Disaster Action Teams were still in the field conducting detailed assessment in the affected areas.
<p>Pang has alerted all chapters in Mindanao to monitor the situation and mobilize their volunteers for any eventuality that may still arise as the result of the ITZ.
<p>After devastating flash floods that killed at least 25 people, Davao City officials have put in place rescue teams in possible flood-prone areas there.
<p>Magno Adalin chief of the Davao City’s Public Safety Command Center said that a portion of the P 51.5 calamity fund recently approved by the City Council will be used to purchase motors for additional rescue boats.
<p>At the height of the flash flood, rescue teams struggled to control their unpowered rubber boats because of the strong current.