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Church helps Philippine typhoon victims
Relief organizations team up to build shelters for homelessRed Cross volunteers prepare relief goods for victims of typhoon āMegiā
- Julian Labores, Manila
- January 20, 2011
The Catholic Bishopsā Conference of the Philippines said this was due to the combined efforts of Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the National Secretariat of Social Action, Justice and Peace and Ilagan dioceseās Social Action Center.
āUp to 586 families are still to receive shelter assistance in 35 villages within Sta. Isabel and San Antonio parishes,ā CRS country director Joe Curry said in an article posted yesterday on CBCP News.
As of January 15, beneficiaries of the assistance included 182 families in 19 villages since 101 shelters have already been completed, he said.
The beneficiaries were the poorest in communities where homes were blown away by winds as powerful as 175 kilometers per hour, he added.
āThe transitional shelters, are built with a typhoon-resistant design, made of a timber frame and anchored in a light concrete foundation with plywood walls and galvanized iron roofing,ā Curry said.
The shelters were built with local skilled labor and volunteer workers from the families benefiting from the scheme.
CRS, an international Catholic relief group, said it hopes to finish all 645 shelters by April this year.
Meanwhile, the governmentās disaster response agency said recent heavy rain in the central and southern Philippines have killed 60 people and caused 1.8 billion pesos (US$41 million) worth of damage.
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