Amid calamity, Tagle calls for ‘bayanihan’ spirit

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MANILA, August 20, 2013— In these trying times, the country’s top churchman urged the faithful to continue fostering “bayanihan” (cooperation) to help thousands of typhoon victims in Luzon. 

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said the current situation is calling on the people to help one another more than ever. 

“Let us console and help one another in little or big ways in order to lessen the pain of many amid this bad weather,” Tagle said over Manila archdiocese-run Radio Veritas. 

“We are hopeful that this scourge of Mother Nature will result to a deep cooperation among our people so that it could ease the pain of loss of lives, properties, homes and be replaced with an overflow of love, help and fellowship to our brothers and sisters,” he said. 

Heavy rains since Sunday brought by tropical storm “Maring” inundated Metro Manila and other provinces of Luzon and displaced thousands of families. 

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said an estimated 125,024 families or 601,104 individuals have already been affected by the rains and massive flooding. 

Aside from Metro Manila, provinces in Central Luzon and Calabarzon have been the hardest hit by the disaster. 

The NDRRMC also reported that seven have already died while 11 were injured and four missing. (CBCPNews)

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