The Cayman Islands Red Cross is launching an appeal for Hurricane Noel casualties and the Floods in Tabasco Mexico.
Noel has left at least 142 people dead and tens of thousands homeless in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas and Jamaica, making it the deadliest storm of the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season.
In Mexico it is estimated that 1 million people were affected, about 100,000 people are in shelter and in excess of 500,00 remain homeless. Ten people have been confirmed dead and many more still missing.
The Red Cross in these affected countries have been responding in support with their governments and other agencies to ensure that the immediate needs of these individuals are being met.
The Cayman Islands Red Cross is accepting any monetary contributions toward assisting these families in need as well as any food, water and juices, medication, first aid items and baby products. We will not be accepting clothing at this time due to the affected countries not having the resources to store or distribute non essential items. We are working with interested people from the public to assist in this process. A few containers will be placed by the Red Cross building at Huldah Ave where the old Farmers’ Market used to be. Please take your contributions to the Red Cross today so that we can assist our many brothers and sisters that are in dire need.
For more information on how your company, you or your organisation can help please call the Red Cross at 949-6785
The Mexican Red Cross handed out 50 tonnes of food parcels Monday in Villahermosa, the capital city of the flooded state of Tabasco, Mexico, which remains over 50 per cent under water. Relief distributions by land, air and boat are reaching hundreds of thousands of desperate residents in a massive nation-wide aid effort.
Residents of Cardenas in the flooded state of Tabasco, Mexico, wade to distribution points where they receive donated food that will feed a family of five for the coming week.
To date, the Mexican Red Cross has handed out similar food parcels to nearly 300,000 people in a massive relief effort mobilizing 10,000 Red Cross and civil defence volunteers to speed 650 tonnes of relief aid to needy families.
Hemant Balgobin – Disaster Manager Cayman Islands Red Cross