From 12:00 noon till 1:00 AM this morning, my wife was on the cellphone throughout this time coordinating help for the 16 people who were trapped along with her father on the roof of their house on Harvard Street, Holy Family Subdivision in Provident Village.
Last night, the Philippine National Red Cross was able to save just around 280 people
Frantic calls were made to all the emergency numbers that my wife and I could think of. One of those who responded to us was Senator Richard Gordon and the staff of the Philippine National Red Cross.
According to a report from Philippine National Red Cross: 10 rubber boats of Red Cross deployed in Marikina (3), Cainta (2), Manila (1), Quezon City(2 + 1 aluminum boat), Mandaluyong (1). sent by MRT train since EDSA and main thoroughfares impassable due to floods.People actually distributed Gordon's cellphone number on Facebook and Twitter which caused his cellphone to bog down.
US Embassy donated $50,000 to Red Cross. Promised to send boats and possibly deploy choppers to aid rescue effort.
Olongapo and SBMA rescue teams with 5 boats were stuck in Pulilan, Bulacan of NLEX because also impassable and now closed.
People were advised to instead TXT 143 for Red Cross or call 5270000 or 5245787.
More help is needed.
Trucks are needed to ferry people out of flooded areas.
FOOD ITEMS NEEDED:
Canned goods, rice, instant noodles, and water.
NON FOOD ITEMS NEEDED
Clothes, mats, blankets, mosquito nets, kitchen utensils.
You can deliver this to the Philippine National Red Cross Headquarters at the Port Area in Manila. Call 5270000 or 5245787.