More help needed for typhoon victims— Borongan bishop

More help needed for typhoon victims— Borongan bishop

Workers load relief goods onto a truck at the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City on May 20. The food packs are destined for typhoon “Ambo” victims in Eastern Samar province as part of the Redemptorists’ relief efforts in partnership with ADMU. COURTESY OF FR. LEO MAR ARENILLO

By CBCP News

May 20, 2020

Borongan City, Eastern Samar

Relief efforts have been ongoing, but more help is needed for the victims of typhoon “Ambo” in Eastern Samar, a Catholic bishop said.

Bishop Crispin Varquez of Borongan is appealing for more aid to reach several towns affected by the strong storm that struck the province on May 14.

As government aid is allocated to the province and other areas, he said that needs remain great for thousands of displaced people.

“Let us not neglect our brothers and sisters who are suffering. Let’s give them the assurance that they are not alone,” Varquez said.

According to him, the typhoon is a double whammy for the province because of the Covid-19 crisis they are facing.

“Many people have been suffering and economically affected by the Covid-19, and then here comes another burden,” he lamented.

At least nine parishes in seven towns have been-badly-hit by the storm in Eastern Samar alone damaging houses, crops and livestock.

Ambo also left five people dead – 3 in Eastern Samar where the typhoon made its first landfall, 1 in Northern Samar and 1 in Samar.

The typhoon also left a trail of destruction in several other provinces and more than 90,000 people have been displaced as it crossed the country last week.

The Agriculture department said the damage and losses brought by Ambo on farmers and fisherfolk has reached around ₱1 billion.