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Cardinal Tagle appeals for aid for Filipino typhoon victims

Cathedral and church rectory were destroyed in the archipelago province of Batanes, says bishop

September 16, 2016

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila appealed to dioceses around the Philippines to come to the aid of people affected by Typhoon Meranti that hit the northern part of the country early this week.

"Let us not alienate ourselves from those in need. Do something as an act of solidarity," said Cardinal Tagle in an appeal aired over Radio Veritas on Sept. 16.

The Manila prelate made the call after listening to a message from Bishop Camilo Gregorio of the Prelature of Batanes who appealed for financial aid.

"We are safe but suffering. We need financial aid," said Bishop Gregorio. Several structures, such as the cathedral and the church rectory were destroyed, he said.

"All lines of communication went down," said the prelate, adding that flights to the island province are still suspended because of another typhoon coming.

"Please pray for us, we are still surviving. No government assistance at all," said Bishop Gregorio.

The government has already declared the province of Batanes under a state of calamity due to the effects of the typhoon.

The Office of the Civil Defense reported that 50 houses were totally destroyed while at least 100 others were damaged.

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