Manila, Card. Tagle calls for more aid to victims of natural disasters
The archbishop of the capital appeals to citizens to support Church aid for the victims of the recent tropical storm. Caritas Manila and parishes mobilize relief services. Nearly 200 thousand people still accommodated in shelters. The Cardinal: "We must help our brothers."
Manila (AsiaNews /
CBCP) - The Archbishop
of Manila has
called for more assistance to meet the immediate needs of those affected by
tropical storm "Mario" (Fung-Wong) that hit the archipelago and, in particular,
the capital, in recent days. Cardinal
Luis Antonio Tagle
stressed that aid Caritas Manila has already been mobilized to extend assistance to
the affected communities. "To those who are affected, you are not alone. Just
get in touch with our parishes and Caritas Manila".
hit several provinces in Luzon last Friday and has affected a total of 183,188
families or 840,368 individuals, according to the National Disaster Risk
Reduction and Management Council. Of the total figure, 42, 879 families or
197,509 persons are still staying in the 379 evacuation centers in Region.
cardinal said recovery efforts will be expedited if Filipinos will unite in
helping the victims, especially those displaced by heavy rains and flooding.
Manila is also preparing food parcels and other relief goods for the affected
parishes. Among the food items accepted for donation include canned goods that
have at least six month expiration dates, such as sardines, tuna, corned beef
etc.. and bottled water. On the other hand, non-food items needed by affected
families include bath soap, mosquito repellants, shampoo, combs, toothbrush,
toothpaste and school supplies and clothes.
the call to our people, that we help each other after the whiplash of the
typhoon" concluded card. Tagle. "Let's help our brethren who were affected".
An average of 20 typhoons hit the Philippines
every year resulting in hundreds of deaths and worsening the already precarious
conditions of the country's millions of poor. In November last year, the
super-typhoon Haian (Yolanda in the Philippines),), the
strongest ever to hit the archipelago, left behind at least 7,300 dead or
missing. Almost 11 million inhabitants suffered damage, scattered among 574
municipalities and cities.
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