Surigao diocese asks for prayers after quake

Surigao diocese asks for prayers after quake

MANILA – The Diocese of Surigao expressed its sympathy to the victims of the magnitude 6.7 earthquake that rocked the city on Friday night and claimed at least six lives.

Fr. Bob Puracan, diocesan chancellor of Surigao, said they are concerned about the disaster, and expressed condolences over the loss of lives and sympathy to the bereaved families and the injured.

“We assure them of our prayers,” Puracan said. “Let us beg for God’s protection and guidance as we face this trying moments.”

Official statements said that classes and work in private and public sectors have been cancelled on Saturday.

The tremor also damaged the runway of the city’s airport causing all flights to be diverted to the nearby city of Butuan.

The city and Surigao del Norte province have been placed under state of calamity as the quake affected 11 other towns, damaged  two major bridges, and tore down houses and infrastructures.

The priest also called on the faithful to remain vigilant as aftershocks continue to be felt.

Puracan assured that the diocese will mobilize to offer help and support to the victims.

He also called on people of good will to be generous so that the victims can feel spiritual and material comfort  as soon as possible.

“Perhaps, it is on this trying times that we can truly express our communion, sharing what we have and helping those who needs our assistance,” Puracan said. (CBCPNews)