Bishop voices solidarity with typhoon victims

Bishop voices solidarity with typhoon victims

Typhoon Ambo leaves Jipapad town in Eastern Samar inundated May 15. PHILIP RAYMOND BOTE/DIOCESE OF BORONGAN

By CBCP News

May 16, 2020

Borongan City, Eastern Samar

A Catholic bishop expressed his closeness to those who were affected by the strong typhoon that devastated parts of Eastern Samar province.

Bishop Crispin Varquez of Borongan said he was “deeply saddened” by the destruction caused by typhoon “Ambo” that struck the province on Thursday.

“We join in the suffering that you’re all going through and the diocese is giving our support and prayers to all of you,” Varquez said.

Ambo, the first tropical cyclone to hit the country this year, left a trail of destruction in the northern part of the province, with hundreds of families made homeless.

The storm also left two persons dead in San Policarpo town, where Ambo made its first landfall.

In the nearby town of Arteche, the roof of a parish church was ripped off completely.

People take shelter inside a parish church in Jipapad, Eastern Samar, after evacuating from their homes due to typhoon Ambo on May 15. PHILIP RAYMOND BOTE/DIOCESE OF BORONGAN

The typhoon’s heavy downpour also submerged the upstream town of Jipapad.

Fr. Guido Ditalo, Jr., parish priest of Arteche, described Ambo like a “super typhoon”.

Eastern Samar Gov. Ben Evardone said that the damage by Ambo in terms of infrastructure and agriculture is comparable to super typhoon Yolanda in 2013.

He added that the typhoon destroyed some evacuation centers transformed into Covid-19 isolation areas.

Bishop Varquez also exhorted the victims to keep their faith and never lose hope, as he asked God to give them strength.

“Let us always remember that in the midst of our suffering, God will never abandon us,” he said.