From InterAksyon (Jun 1): Relief sent to folk displaced by Lanao Sur fighting
ARMM's humanitarian team distributes relief to Butig evacuees. DENNIS ARCON, INTERAKSYON.COM
The ARMM Humanitarian Emergency Action Response Team (HEART) has provided initial relief to families affected by days of fighting in Butig town in Lanao del Sur, where the military has been pounding a terrorist lair.
The ARMM HEART distributed 1,000 food packs and medicine from the provincial health office of Lanao Del Sur to evacuees in Barangay Bayabao.
ARMM Vice Governor Haroun Al Rashid Lucman led the relief distribution. He was joined by Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer Executive Director Ramil Masukat and the IPHO LDS Health Officer Dr. Alexander Minalang.
At least 2,000 individuals are said to have been displaced by the military's Clearing Operation against the Maute Group.
Clashes erupted anew last May 26, and initially the government said two soldiers and dozens of Maute Group members were killed.
Meanwhile, the ARMM HEART is verifying whether civilians were among the casualties.