ICRC deeply concerned with the thousands of Marawi Residents who cannot return home in coming months

COTABATO City – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said there are about 65 barangays sustained minimum to medium damage by the conflict that lasted five months in the City of Marawi. Some other displaced residents have been monitored that they are moving back to their communities after the government officially declared the end of armed clashes between their troops and the Maute Group.

It said that more than half of Marawi’s estimated 200,000 total populations will be allowed by the government to return home in the coming days or weeks. 

Roberto Petronio, head of the ICRC Mindanao sub-delegation, after his recent trip to Marawi City said “As we support the needs of returning residents, we remain deeply concerned about the thousands of people who will be unable to return in the coming months. They will need constant support during this period.”

The ICRC supported the return of displaced residents by enhancing their access to healthcare and potable water. Barangay Health Stations in Basak Malutlut, Poblacion Marawi, East Basak and Bangon received essential medicines and supplies from the ICRC for the health needs of returning residents. 

Together with the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), they installed 11 water distribution points to augment the supply of potable water to nine villages in the west part; and donated two generators to the Marawi City Water District, enabling it to supply around 62,000 people with 5 million liters of water per day.

Petronio said that in the coming weeks, they will focus their assistance to thousands of people who remain displaced in the southern and western parts of Lake Lanao. He added that “these are areas that do not receive as much help due to access issues.”