Church joins efforts to provide relief to flood victims

Church joins efforts to provide relief to flood victims

By CBCP News

December 29, 2022

Manila, Philippines

Caritas Philippines announced efforts to provide relief to flood victims, particularly in the southern Philippine province of Misamis Occidental.

The Catholic charity said its relief efforts are underway in partnership with the Archdiocese of Ozamis’ social action center.

“Caritas Philippines is now providing assistance to communities affected by the flooding in Misamis Occidental due to heavy rains in the area,” it said in a social media post.

Immediately responding to the needs of the victims, the archdiocese’s parishes provided shelter for those whose houses have been washed out or damaged by the flood.

According to the national Caritas, several parishes have also welcomed evacuees from high risk areas and given them food packages, potable water, hygiene kits, and clothing, among others.

Heavy rain that began before Christmas has caused flooding and landslides in several regions of the country with the death toll climbing to 25 and 26 others still missing.

Most of the deaths were reported in the Northern Mindanao region, with 16. Five deaths were logged in the Bicol region and two each in Eastern Visayas and Zamboanga Peninsula.

The national disaster response agency said nearly 400,000 people were affected, with over 81,000 still in evacuation centers.

The Misamis Occidental province, as well as the city of Gingoog in Misamis Oriental, have been placed under state of calamity due to shear line-induced rains that caused continuous flooding.

Archbishop Martin Jumoad of Ozamis earlier asked for prayers and help for the people affected by the calamity.

Caritas Manila, meanwhile, called for donations to provide emergency assistance to flood victims in Misamis Occidental.

The social action arm of the Manila archdiocese said the immediate needs are ready to eat foods, drinking water, hygiene kits and medicines.

“Your voluntary support for this fundraising campaign will go a long way in helping communities and families recover from the devastation caused by the flooding,” said Caritas Manila.

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