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Philippine bishops launch appeal for typhoon victims

People in Batanes province still in need food, shelter following storm last month

Updated: October 04, 2016 10:13 AM GMT
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Philippine bishops launch appeal for typhoon victims

Philippine Catholic bishops launched a solidarity appeal to dioceses around the country to help typhoon victims in the northern province of Batanes.

The social action arm of the country's Catholic bishops issued a letter of appeal following the request for aid made by Bishop Camilo Gregorio of Batanes.

The prelate earlier appealed for the rehabilitation of at least two schools and five churches that were heavily damaged by Typhoon Meranti last month.

"We have known Batanes to be among the most resilient provinces in the country. It is only now that they have cried out for help," said Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona, director of Caritas Philippines.

He said the people of Batanes are still in need of sufficient supply of food, shelter, water, and other non-food items.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council some 4,588 families were affected by the onslaught of Typhoon Meranti. At least 2,000 houses were damaged, according to the government agency.

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