Red Cross holds therapy sessions for young typhoon victims in Quezon

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LUCENA CITY – The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) held therapy sessions with children on October 4 in cities in Quezon province that were hit by supertyphoon “Karding” (international name: Noru), reported the agency in a press release Thursday, October 6.

The PRC said trained staff and volunteers facilitated “child-friendly activities designed as psychological first aid (PFA)” for 171 boys and girls in Bonbon village in the island town of Panukulan off the coast of Pacific Ocean to help them deal with the trauma brought by Karding when it hit Luzon on September 25.

At least 38 other seniors also benefited from the PFA session, the PRC said. The statement did not provide details on the ages of all the recipients of the sessions.

The PRC also delivered galvanized corrugated sheets and smooth sheets to replace the damaged roofs of the Burdeos National High School in the nearby town of Burdeos.

The agency explained that the PFA and the delivery of relief materials were on the directive of PRC President Richard Gordon “to focus recovery activities on schools and the livelihoods of farmers and fishermen affected by the the typhoon”.

“The education of our young people must not be allowed to wait due to any delays in restoring school facilities, especially in isolated areas,” Gordon said in the PRC statement.

The agency said it also brought 320 hygiene kits, 200 tarpaulins, 360 10-litre jerrycans and bags of rice to distribute to the most vulnerable households on the typhoon-ravaged Polillo Island.

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) report showed that 20,986 families comprising 80,675 people were displaced during the Karding assault.

At least 15,525 families or 61,565 people hail from the province’s 1st district, including the five island towns in northern Quezon facing the Pacific Ocean: Polillo, Burdeos, Panukulan, Jomalig and Patnanungan.

About 12,389 homes in the province were destroyed and damaged by Karding, PDRRMO said.

According to his assessment, 2,863 houses were totally destroyed and 9,526 houses were damaged.

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