MANILA, Sept. 27, 2009— The heavy rains brought by typhoon “Ondoy” have submerged various areas of Metro Manila and Rizal provinces underwater sending hundreds of families into evacuation centers.
Antipolo Auxiliary Bishop Francisco de Leon said more than 300 families displaced by floods have sought refuge in schools and the church of Our Lady of the Abandoned parish in Marikina City.
In an appeal aired over Radio Veritas, the bishop asked the faithful to send donations of foodstuffs, clothing and other needed materials to help the victims.
He said donations may be sent to the parish office of the Our Lady of the Abandoned Parish.
The Metro Manila areas affected by floods include parishes under the Archdiocese of Manila, and dioceses of Cubao, Pasig, Antipolo, Kalookan, Novaliches and Malolos.
Bishop Jose Oliveros of Malolos likewise aired a similar appeal to help the flood victims in his diocese.
Many parishes in Bulacan area have also been engulfed in water, he said. Among the parishes submerged in water were those in Meycauayan, Valenzuela and Obando.
He said donations in cash and in kind may be sent to the diocesan Commission of Service in Plaridel, Bulacan.
Meanwhile, Antipolo social action director Fr. Bien Miguel reported that seven people died in a mudslide in his parish in Teresa, Rizal.
The priest is asking Caritas Manila for help.
He also asked the people to course their donations to Caritas Manila since the mudslide made the road to Teresa impassable at the moment.
As of this morning, reports coming from people in the Angono and Cainta areas said that floodwaters are still rising. (Pinky Barrientos, FSP)