Mrs. Imelda Romualdez Marcos - wife of the President - has taken a personal role?
Mrs. Imelda Romualdez Marcos - wife of the President - has taken a personal role in distributing aid to the thousands of people made homeless in floods on the island of Luzon.
Mrs. Marcos flew to Nicholas Air Base to watch relief operations in progress and rude in a helicopter to view devastated areas. At one point the helicopter landed hear some refugees and Mrs. Marcos handed out money.
The flood have been caused by two weeks of monsoon rains. Two million people in Luzon are homeless and on Monday (31 July) Red Cross officials joined the armed forces in urging remaining residents of Luzon's central plains to flee their homes because of the risk of dams breaking upstream.
Landslides associated with the floods have killed 31 people.
SYNOPSIS: Flying over flood-devastated areas of Luzon - the wife of the Philippines' President, Mrs. Imelda Marcos. She was taking a first-hand look at the problems created by two weeks of monsoon rain. Two million people have been driven from their homes by the floods - thirty-one have died in landslides. Even as Mrs. Marcos visited the flooded landscape, engineers were anxiously watching dams and dikes which by Monday were showing sings of weakness. During her tour, Mrs. Marcos landed to see some of the damage, and distributed relief to a group of refugees. The two million already homeless are being swelled by thousands more who'd been told to leave their homes in case the dams should fracture. Mrs. Marcos has been making efforts throughout her country to gather relief for the flooded victims.
When Mrs. Marcos returned to Manila she brought reports of growing hardship in the flooded areas. More appeals for relief and have been made, and the effort is being co-ordinated through the Philippines Red Cross and various government relief agencies. At the Nichols Air Base, Mrs. Marcos discussed the distribution of relief supplies with senior officers. The base lies near the worst of the flooding and has been chosen as the focal centre for the relief work.
As equipment and supplies build up at the base, refugees and relief workers alike faced a difficult future. Reports from the Philippines' Weat her Bureau were on Monday warning of still more rain in areas already under five feet of water.