Typhoon Ketsana Smashes Philippines

We’ll have more on the web site and blog later in the day. For now, here’s our press release on the flooding that hit the Philippines Saturday:

Catholic Relief Services is providing immediate food aid—rice, canned goods, noodles, and vegetable oil—to people who fled their homes following massive flooding in the Philippines island of Luzon.

Since smashing into the island on Saturday, a tropical storm has killed dozens and left thousands homeless. With its partner, CRS will feed 5,000 families and also provide them with blankets, mosquito nets, sleeping mats, soap, and more.

“Many of the people who have lost everything are sleeping in schools right now,” says CRS Country Representative Luc Picard. “They’re calling this the Katrina of the Philippines.”

Twenty-three provinces have declared a “state of calamity.”

“Lowlands were especially hard-hit,” continues Picard, “so we’re focusing on coastal areas.” Picard says heavy rains have destroyed houses and infrastructure, and the search for missing people is still ongoing in Manila and in rural areas.

CRS pledged an initial $50,000 in aid to its partner, Caritas Philippines, which is distributing the food and other items to flood survivors. As more information on needs becomes available, CRS will continue to work closely with Caritas. “Our church partners were able to respond immediately,” says Picard, “and we will support them during this incredibly difficult time.”

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  1. Update: More Than 6 Million Affected by Typhoons in Philippines | Voices of CRS Says:

    […] to the United Nations. An additional 4.1 million people were already affected by the first Typhoon Ketsana, which drenched Manila and its greater metropolitan area on Saturday, September 26. That storm […]

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