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Philippines/Mindanao: More than 3,000 displaced families receive aid from Red Cross

02-12-1999 News Release 99/48

Between 17 and 24 November the ICRC, working in cooperation with the Philippine National Red Cross (PNRC), provided emergency assistance for more than 3,150 families displaced by clashes between the Philippine armed forces and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) on the island of Mindanao.

Some 2,430 of the families are currently housed in 12 evacuation centres in Carmen and Kabacan municipalities (North Cotabato province), while more than 720 others are in eight centres in Kadingilan, Kibawe and Damulog municipalities (Bukidnon province).

Sufficient food and hygiene products for about two weeks were distributed directly to the displaced people, while some evacuation centres were provided with mats and water containers for the most needy. The ICRC and the PNRC are closely following developments in the humanitarian situation.

When fighting broke out on 7 November 1999 emergency food distributions were started immediately by the local authorities and the PNRC.