By Leslie Ann Aquino
Caritas Manila is appealing for prayers and donations for the thousands affected by Typhoon Usman.
The social action arm of the Archdiocese of Manila said those who wish to donate may deposit their donations to the following:
Peso Bank Accounts:
Account Name: Caritas Manila Inc.
BPI S/A: 3063 5357 01
BDO S/A: 5600 45905
METROBANK S/A: 175-3-17506954-3
UNIONBANK C/A: 00-030-00122705
PNB C/A: 10-856-660001-7
BPI S/A: 3064-0033-55
(SWIFT CODE: BOPIPHMM)
PNB S/A: 10-856-660002-5
(SWIFT CODE: PNBMPHMM)
At the national level, NASSA/Caritas Philippines has expressed readiness to maximize the local Solidarity Fund, Alay Kapwa, to provide initial and immediate assistance, once preliminary assessments have been completed by the diocesan social action centers.
NASSA/Caritas Philippines has been in contact and close coordination with the affected dioceses since December 27.
Based on their situation report released Wednesday, the Archdiocese of Caceres (Camarines Sur) has already prepared relief goods for distribution to the affected families.
The Diocese of Legazpi also conducted initial assessment in the most affected areas while the dioceses of Libmanan and Sorsogon are still waiting for reports to be completed.
Usman made landfall in Eastern Visayas on December 29. Prior to the weather disturbance, continues heavy rains in Bicol region and Southern Luzon have resulted to erosion, landslides and flashfloods.
On December 31, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has recorded 71 casualties and 17 missing from 3 regions (MIMAROPA, Region V – Bicol Region and Region 8 – Eastern Visayas. Thousands of families remain in evacuation centers in Camarines Sur, Albay, Laguna, Quezon, Samar and Oriental Mindoro.
Landslides were also reported in areas Bicol Region particularly in Tiwi, Albay that resulted to fatalities. The flooding incidents in the province of Sorsogon prompted local government units to effect emergency evacuation.
Power and water supply interruptions were experienced in the affected areas. More than 200 communities reported flooding incidents most especially in the Bicol and MIMAROPA regions. As a result, the provinces of Sorsogon, Camarines Norte, Oriental Mindoro and Albay were declared under the state of calamity.