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Appeal to help 2 million Philippine flood victims


This Aug. 8, 2012, photo released by the Malacañang Photo Bureau shows Philippine President Benigno Aquino III, left, receiving a sign of respect from a young evacuee as he distributes relief goods in Muntinlupa, south of Manila. Authorities appealed Thursday, August 9, 2012, for help in getting relief to 2million people affected by deadly floods in and around the capital. AP Photo/Malacañang Photo Bureau, GIL NARTEA

MANILA, Philippines—Philippine authorities appealed Thursday for help in getting relief to two million people affected by deadly floods in and around the capital, warning that evacuation centers were overwhelmed.

After more than a month’s worth of rain was dumped on Manila in 48 hours, entire districts remained submerged although overflowing rivers had started to recede and neck-high waters seen earlier were typically down to knee-deep.

The state weather service also dropped its rain warning on Thursday for the sprawling city of 15 million people, and a rare bout of sunshine in the afternoon added to an exhausted sense of relief for many.

Disaster chiefs said the top priority was to help the 2.1 million people affected by the floods, as masses flocked to evacuation centers in search of a dry place to sleep, food, water, medicine and clothes.

“We are repacking a lot of relief items, we need more help and are asking for more volunteers,” Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman told AFP.

“We have the food but we need to pack them, deliver and distribute them in this massive operation.”

Soliman said many evacuation centers were not able to provide much-needed warm meals to the growing number of displaced.

“Most local government units do a community kitchen, but the volume of evacuees is so big that they have been overwhelmed. We are also appealing for more medicines, blankets, mats and, more importantly, dry clothes,” she said.

The number of people in schools, gymnasiums and other buildings that had been turned into evacuation centers rose to 315,000 on Thursday, from 150,000 on Wednesday, according to the government’s disaster management council.

Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of others were left largely to fend for themselves, seeking refuge with friends and relatives, or staying in partly submerged homes.

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  • Tnosce

    ” CHARITY  BEGINS  AT  HOME ” Kayo dyan sa gobyerno at kayong mang babatas na nag pakayaman sa pera ng bayan at ng mamamayan go to the banks and bring out your ” LOOT ” and share it to the people who are victims of the flood specially the poor and the poorest of the poor. This would be the best ” FIRST  AID ” you can render to your constituents and to the Filipino people who are suffering from their loses in life.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PLLXYREEEFVAVQZZVCLIXVZNDU Mellow

    Kawawa naman ang mga nag hantay sa Panot na dumating late ng 3 hours, gutom na mga tao nagpahintay pa para makita lang ang mga senatoriables nya 

  • pinoychinese

    He he he! Magaling si PNoynoy. For antagonizing the Americans by showing a weak leadership in fighting for our sovereign right to Scarborough Shoal, the Americans gave a typhoon donation of only $100,000 compared to $ 34 million during tyhoon Ondoy.

    PNoy is a weak leader, we have to accept it. By flip-flpping on our claim to our territorial sovereignty to the point that our Filipino-Chinese President sometimes is acting like pro-Chinese than a Philippine President, he has to settle for the American dole out. 

    The $100,000 American donation is equal to two pesos each for the two millions affected flood victims. This is what PNoy did to our citizen. He double cross the Americans. Now, let’s see how he will manage the flood victim’s problem without the Americans. 

    Double Cross is the worst thing you can do to the Americans. It’s tantamount of spitting to someones face. He he he. Now, PNoy, let’s see what you can do to your countrymen with the Americans. Matagal mo nang inaalipusta ang American government. Patunayan mo ngayon na ikaw ay karapat dapat bilang aming Presidente.

  • pepengkabayo

    Parang  wala ng kumagat mula sa International Community.
    Paano naman cycle na ang nangyayari. Baha, Relief,Donation.
    We are seeing the same situation.Yon mga sinalanta, yon din yon mga taong nakatira sa tabing  ilog at lawa
    Yon mga bahay na binaha, they are the same houses in Ondoy. Yon mga taong sinagip, sila rin yon mga tao noon kay Ondoy.
    Ibig sabihin, Walang ginawa o ginagawa ang pamahalaan.

    If there will be another flood, we will see the same situation same place and same people.

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