‘Flooded’ barangay in QC needs help

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QUEZON City, September 21, 2014—The San Isidro Labrador Parish in Barangay Bagong Silangan, Quezon City, which is one of the areas in Metro Manila most seriously hit by tropical storm “Mario”, appeals for help as relief supplies for evacuees run out fast.

A man tries to escape massive floods caused by typhoon Mario in Bagong Silangan, Quezon City. (Photo: Gilbert Billena)

Nonstop heavy rains flooded most of the community on Friday, September 19, forcing residents, particularly those living near the river, to flee to the safety of evacuation centers.

Families of Bagong Silangan cram together in evacuation centers until they are ready to return home. (Photo: Gilbert Billena)

Based on actual surveys conducted by San Isidro Labrador Parish’s Basic Ecclesial Communities (BEC) area coordinators, 2, 331 families have been directly affected by the flash flood caused by typhoon “Mario”, international name, “Fung-Wong.”

Three Bagong Silangan residents are confirmed dead due to Mario.

BEC officers are working closely with the Parish Disaster Team, and have also been coordinating with Caritas Novaliches and Caritas Manila, the Catholic Church’s social service arm.

San Isidro Labrador Parish’s Social Service Committee will accept donations of relief goods and food packs for the survivors.

Kindly contact the parish office at (02) 430-05-35 and/or the pastoral office at (+63)933-3875-946 and look for Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) secretary Jenli Escoltero, or San Isidro Labrador Parish Priest Fr. Gilbert S. Billena, O.Carm. (Raymond A. Sebastián)

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