In response to the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Abra province and other parts of the northwestern Philippines in late July, the Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) activated its Disaster Information Management Center (DIMC) on July 27, 2022 and sat deployed its field personnel to assess damage in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross and committed $100,000 (QR 365,000) from its Disaster Response Fund to launch an emergency humanitarian response.
The relief plan includes distributing food to 500 families or 2,500 people most affected by the quake and using a food truck to distribute fresh meals.
Meanwhile, QRCS is coordinating with the Philippine Red Cross and movement partners to organize emergency response operations and identify target areas and actual needs, which are then delivered.
Situation reports show 10 dead, 349 injured, 24,901 houses partially or totally destroyed, 50,514 evacuees and 1,007 families housed in makeshift shelters. In total, more than 1,784,258 people were affected by the earthquake.
The relief supplies already delivered by QRCS to the Philippine Red Cross have been instrumental in meeting the needs of numerous victims, particularly the water tank trucks that have been deployed in the affected areas to distribute clean drinking water to the local population and the displaced.
QRCS began its work in the Philippines in 2012 as the first Arab humanitarian organization to operate there. Since then, relief efforts and development assistance have been provided in the areas of food security, shelter, healthcare and non-food items (NFIs) at a total cost of US$5.9 million (QR21.6 million).
QRCS has responded to many disasters that have struck various regions of the Philippines, including but not limited to: Tropical Storm Washi (2012), Typhoon Haiyan (2013), Surigao Earthquake (2017), and Typhoon Vinta (2018).