Tandag bishop urges ‘communal’ action to help flood victims
Tandag City in Surigao del Sur is swamped with floodwaters due to heavy rains brought by Tropical Storm Auring on Feb. 21, 2021. PHOTO COURTESY OF GOV. AYEC PIMENTEL
By CBCP News
February 23, 2021
A Catholic bishop has called on the public to join hands in helping those displaced by severe flooding in Surigao del Sur province.
Bishop Raul Dael of Tandag said that a calamity is a time to band together and let community spirit shine.
“In this time of calamity, we see before our eyes that we cannot just think of ourselves,” Dael said in his homily during Sunday’s Mass.
“Safety, protection is something that is communal,” he said.
On the same day, he visited the evacuees in some evacuation centers in the city and assessed their needs and situation.
Thousands of residents were evacuated after tropical depression “Auring” brought heavy rains to Surigao del Sur.
The country’s first storm this year made landfall in Laoang, Northern Samar on Monday.
While it weakened into a low pressure area after landfall, it continued to rain over land, affecting the Bicol region, and the provinces of Quezon, Marinduque and Romblon.
In his appeal for help, Dael added that any crisis is “an opportune time to fortify our bond as brothers and sisters”.
“This is the best time to care for one another,” he said.
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