APPEAL FROM THE VICTIMS OF TROPICAL STORM MARING ENHANCED SOUTHWEST MONSOON
The southwest monsoon (Habagat) enhanced by tropical storm “Maring” (international name – Trami) brought heavy rains during the last three days (from Aug 19 to 21, 2013) causing widespread flooding in Metro Manila and parts of Luzon. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reports that approximately 223,991 families were badly affected translating to 1,06,094 people in 1,028 barangays from 80 municipalities and 35 cities in five regions. Of these, 29,041 families or 132,969 individuals are sheltered in evacuation areas while 30,754 families or 148,157 persons were housed with friends and relatives. It also reported that 8 persons died, 41 were injured, and 4 others missing. Damage to agriculture and infrastructure in Regions I, IV-A, IV-B, and the Cordillera is initially estimated at PhP 66,763,939.
Call for Support
Partner communities of De La Salle University also appeal for support after their homes were flooded or washed away. The Center for Social Concern and Action (COSCA) issued a call for cash/check and in-kind donations using various means. Donations may include any of the following:
FOOD ITEMS: • rice • canned goods • dried fish • mung beans • sugar • vegetable oil • coffee • milk • bottled water • noodles;
NON-FOOD ITEMS • clothes (pants, t-shirts, shorts, underwear) • plastic sheets • sleeping mats • blankets • kitchen utensils • medicines • water containers • laundry soaps • sanitary napkins • tissue; and
OTHER MATERIALS INCLUDE • construction supplies (housing repairs) • fishing nets • seeds;
Donation boxes are found along the DLSU campus. Donors may also opt to donate items to La Salle schools nearest them. Please contact Ms. Mei Guanzon, CMSD Program Manager at (02) 525-4267 to coordinate cash and check donations.
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Director, Center for Social Concern and Action
National Capital Region