Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Devastated Philipines

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Typhoon Haiyan is one of  the most powerful storms to ever hit land. Communication lines between some provinces are cut and many areas are experiencing total blackout.

The seven (7) FMA (Salesian Sisters) communities along the path of typhoon Haiyan that slammed the Philippines Nov 8, sent initial reports of their situation and the emergency assistance that they are giving to the victims.
The typhoon made two landfalls in the northern part of the island. The FMA presence in Minglanilla-Cebu is along the coastal areas of the island which makes it strategic for evacuation in the event of typhoons. 800 persons were accommodated in Mary Help of Christians School.

The Sisters had packed food supplies ready for delivery in the earthquake-ravaged island of Bohol when
One of the effects of the earthquake before the typhoon.
typhoon Haiyan lashed out the country. 
Families accommodated in our school
These food supplies were then used to feed hundreds of evacuees in the classrooms of the school. The Sisters and volunteers took turns cooking noodles, rice, and canned goods. They also provided for their basic necessities, listened to their stories and consoled them. There are heavy damages in the houses of oratorians and students. Electricity and communications were cut off in almost the entire province and were partially restored after several days. A lot still needs to be done

At St. Mary Mazzarello School, trees were uprooted, electric posts fell down, and the roofs of the library building stripped off and flew away. Electricity was restored in the school after two days but a large part of the neighboring towns will take a lot more time to restore electricity. Classes are still suspended. Several students lost their houses while others suffered heavy damages.

At Mary Help of Christians School, roofs of the boys' dormitory were stripped off and flew away, trees were uprooted, and drainage was blocked causing high floods.

The typhoon made its sixth and last landfall in the northern part of this island while the FMA community is in the central part. We did not receive yet any news from this community. In Coron, the exact place of the typhoon's landfall, our Sisters reported that families sustained heavy damages to properties but they are unharmed.
As of this moment, from the news that we received, the families and relatives of the Sisters are safe but in the hardest hit city of Tacloban, 90% of the buildings were flattened. We don't have news yet from our Sisters' relatives from there.   

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