Mindanao dioceses appeal for flood aid

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MANILA, Jan. 21, 2014— Dioceses in Mindanao have launched appeals to assist thousands of people affected by flooding caused by tropical depression Agaton. 

Floods across Mindanao have affected 153,193 families or 723,517 people and claimed at least 45 lives, mostly in Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley and Dinagat province. 

The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council reported that of the number, 25,495 families or 119,605 were displaced. 

In the Diocese of Tandag in Surigao del Sur, church authorities said people in evacuation centers need food, water and medicine. 

Fr. Antonio Galela, Social Action Center Director of Tandag, said they are trying to address the needs of the victims, as they closely coordinate with local authorities and other agencies. 

“We’ve been providing food packs and we also coordinated with local governments to help us distribute the relief goods to evacuation centers,” Galela said. 

He said that as heavy rain continues and the number of displaced families increases, the need for more relief aid is pivotal. 

The Diocese of Mati in Davao Oriental also made the same appeal to assist the storm victims. 

According to Fr. Roland Sayman, Mati’s Diocesan Social Communications Director, the damaged brought by Agaton is more severe compared to previous typhoons that struck the province. (CBCPNews)

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