Bayanihan shows up as Karding survivors cry for help
MANILA, Philippines—The cry for help could get lost in the din of destruction.
But Marlon Sablaya, a resident of Aurora province, knew he had to plead after seeing the destruction left by Karding (Noru), the strongest typhoon to make landfall in the Philippines this year, in his hometown.
He told INQUIRER.net that residents of Barangay Paltic, Dingalan town, Aurora had prepared for the typhoon, saying that fishermen had brought their boats to safety. But Karding was just too strong that it left his village devastated.
LOOK: #KardingPH, which hit Luzon on Sunday (Sept. 25), destroyed boats and houses in Brgy. Paltic, Dingalan, Aurora. The typhoon made its second landfall in the said town last night, 8:20 pm. 📸Marlon Sablaya @inquirerdotnet pic.twitter.com/ye8nrIvxyl
— Kurt Adrian Dela Peña (@AdrianINQ) September 25, 2022
“‘Yung mamamayan ng Dingalan, sinalanta talaga ng bagyo. Nasira ang mga bahay, nasira ang mga bangkang pinagkukunang ng kabuhayan ng mga residente dito. Kailangan namin ng tulong,” Sablaya said.
(The residents here in Dingalan were really hit by the typhoon. Houses were destroyed, even boats, which is the livelihood of people here, were destroyed, too. We need help.)
The destruction was also visible in Barangay Carlagan, Burdeos, Quezon, where houses, boats, and even farms were destroyed, leaving hundreds of residents with almost nothing.
LOOK: Bongliw, a community in Brgy. Rizal, Panukulan, Polilio Island, was “worst hit” by #KardingPH, says Fr. Bong Sarabia, CM. Bono Mari and St. Vincent de Paul POGI Social Dev’t, Inc. have started initial relief work to help residents. @inquirerdotnet pic.twitter.com/ng4H2yr557
— Kurt Adrian Dela Peña (@AdrianINQ) September 26, 2022
Karding, which barreled through Luzon with 185 to 195 kph maximum sustained winds, made two landfalls—first in Burdeos, Quezon at 5:30 p.m. then in Dingalan, Aurora at 8:20 p.m.
Out of the 12.7 million people that the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA) said were living in areas on Karding’s path, the Department of Interior and Local Government said 19,368 families or 74,542 persons had to be moved out of harm’s way:
- Metro Manila: 33,043 individuals
- Cordillera Administrative Region: 758 individuals
- Ilocos Region: 821 individuals
- Cagayan Valley: 390 individuals
- Central Luzon: 25,358 individuals
- Calabarzon: 13,892 individuals
- Mimaropa: 272 individuals
- Bicol Region: 8 individuals
It was past midnight when the local government of Marikina City raised the highest alarm as the water level of the Marikina River reached 18 meters, prompting the evacuation of 5,024 families or 21,796 individuals.
According to data from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), the government had P186,429,629 in standby funds at the central and field offices of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
It said that the amount included a quick reaction fund worth P103,014,640. The government also has P985,419,324 worth of stockpiles, which consists of family food packs and essential non-food items.
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With the destruction left by Karding, especially to 6.8 million persons living in the worst-hit areas, several organizations had already initiated donation drives and relief operations to help the survivors, most of them already deep in poverty before the typhoon struck.
For instance, the Maginhawa Community Pantry, which is led by Ana Patricia Non, has called for donations for the activation of community kitchens for individuals staying in evacuation centers.
Non said that overnight, her group was able to give 90 community kitchen kits, which is good for 22,500 persons, and that more—105 community kitchen kits, which is good for 26,250 individuals—were expected to be released within the day.
“We are on standby [for the activation] of community kitchen[s] and to bring hot meals to evacuation sites in several cities. We are still finalizing our contacts to [reach] affected provinces,” she said.
She also suggested a “market list” for individuals and organizations that want to help. “You can adjust the ingredients and feel free to add vegetables,” she said. Here are some of the suggested dishes:
Sopas (good for 150 to 200 persons)
- 5 kg macaroni pasta
- 3 whole chickens
- ½ kg hotdog
- ¼ kg garlic
- ½ kg onion
- 1 kg carrot
- ½ kg celery
- 5 cans evaporated milk
- salt, pepper, beef cubes, cooking oil
- margarine (optional)
- 4 kg rice
- 2 kg malagkit
- 5 kg sugar
- 1 kg cocoa
- 6 cans evaporated milk
- 4 kg rice
- 2 kg malagkit
- 3 whole chickens
- 2 trays eggs (optional)
- beef cubes, salt, pepper, oil
But aside from food, the Philippine Red Cross had said that people in disaster areas, as listed in its Lifeline Kit for a Family of Five Members, also needed these things:
- Disposable plates, utensils
- Water and water purification tablets
- Plastic sheets, garbage bags
- Heating blankets, sleeping bags
- Bath soap, detergent soap
- Toothbrush, toothpaste
- Sanitary napkins
- Infant needs (milk, diapers, wipes)
- Medicines, especially for children & elderly
- Toys, books for children
Here’s a list of initiatives where you can send cash or donations in kind:
Ateneo de Manila University: “As central and northern Luzon reels from the effects of Super Typhoon #KardingPH, we are calling on everyone’s kind hearts to help the typhoon survivors. We are open to receive in-kind donations for the evacuees from the typhoon.”
As central and northern Luzon reels from the effects of super typhoon #KardingPH, we are calling on everyone's kind hearts to help the typhoon survivors. We are open to receive in-kind donations for the evacuees from the typhoon.
— Ateneo de Manila University (@ateneodemanilau) September 26, 2022
Agham Youth National: “Agham Youth National and its chapters are calling for donations for the victims of flooding, storm surges, and strong winds brought by Typhoon Karding (Noru).”
SUPERTYPHOON KARDING (#KardingPH) DONATION DRIVEAgham Youth National and its chapters are calling for donations…
UP Diliman University Student Council: “In partnership with Tulong Kabataan PH, the UP Diliman University Student Council is once again launching IskoOps to help those affected by #KardingPH.”
#IskoOps | Call for Donations and Volunteers
In partnership with Tulong Kabataan PH, the UP Diliman University Student Council is once again launching IskoOps to help those affected by #KardingPH. In line with this, the USC and TK are calling for donations and volunteers. pic.twitter.com/Sbk9CO8lb3
— UP Diliman University Student Council (@USCUPDiliman) September 25, 2022
Bangketa Eskwela Foundation: “Ang Bangketa Eskwela Foundation ay naglunsad ng Donation Drive para sa mga komunidad at indibidwal na apektado ng Bagyong Karding.”
CALL FOR DONATIONS ‼️Ang Bangketa Eskwela Foundation ay naglunsad ng Donation Drive para sa mga komunidad at…
Air Force Reserve Command: “The 2nd Air Reserve Center launches a donation drive for Typhoon Karding victims. You can drop off your donations at the 2nd Air Reserve Center in Air Force City, Clark Air Base, Mabalacat City, Pampanga.”
The 2nd Air Reserve Center launches a donation drive for Typhoon "Karding" victims. You can drop off your donations at the 2nd Air Reserve Center in Air Force City, Clark Air Base, Mabalacat City, Pampanga.
Tulong Obrero: “Naghahanda na ang Tulong Obrero para sa kagyat na relief operation sa mga biktima ng #KardingPH.”
KUMUSTA KAYO MGA KABABAYAN? Naghahanda na ang Tulong Obrero para sa kagyat na relief operation sa mga biktima ng…
Task Force Children of the Storm: “Kasalukuyang naghahanda at nangangalap ng donasyon ang Task Force Children of the Storm para sa ‘Tulong Paslit Mobile Kitchen’ upang makapagbigay ng mga hotmeals sa mga bata at mga pamilya na kasalukuyang lumikas at nasa evacuation centers dahil sa bagyo.”
CALL FOR DONATION!Kasalukuyang naghahanda at nangangalap ng donasyon ang Task Force Children of the Storm para sa "…
ALAB Movement: “Bilang paghahanda sa pagdating ng super typhoon #KardingPH, ang ALAB Movement ay magsasagawa ng donation drive upang ibahagi sa mga biktima at mapipinsala ng bagyo.”
Bilang paghahanda sa pagdating ng super typhoon #KardingPH, ang ALAB Movement ay magsasagawa ng donation drive upang…
Citizens’ Disaster Response Center: “Kasalukuyan nang namiminsala ang #KardingPH sa Polilio Island. Bilang paghahanda, maaaring magpadala ng donasyon sa aming tanggapan para sa ating kababayang maaapektuhan ng bagyo.”
Kasalukuyan ng namiminsala ang #KardingPH sa Polilio Island. Bilang paghahanda, maaaring magpadala ng donasyon sa aming tanggapan para sa ating kababayang maaapektuhan ng bagyo.
Mag-ingat tayong lahat! pic.twitter.com/3opJMJzK1H
— Citizens' Disaster Response Center (@cdrc1984) September 25, 2022
Frontliners’ Kitchen: “To help out, Frontliners’ Kitchen will be delivering food, water, toiletries, and other relief items to the affected areas, and we appreciate any form of help you can lend us.”
⚠️ The victims of Typhoon Karding need our help ⚠️Super Typhoon 🌀 Karding brings heavy rain and strong winds that…
Gabriela: “Let’s work together to set up community kitchens and relief operations in evacuation areas.”
HELP. DONATE. VOLUNTEER.
GABRIELA IS CALLING FOR DONATIONS AND VOLUNTEERS to help our countrymen who are currently being hit by #SuperTyphoonKardingPH.
Let's work together to set up community kitchens and relief operations in evacuation areas. pic.twitter.com/YwHDqWEEwE
— GABRIELA | A National Alliance of Women (@gabrielaphils) September 25, 2022
For our Farmers PH, Inc.: “Now preparing for immediate relief & assistance to local farmers & fisherfolk affected by #KardingPH. We are also opening our donation lines for those who wanted to send help.”
Now preparing for immediate relief & assistance to local farmers & fisherfolk affected by #KardingPH.
We are also opening our donation lines for those who wanted to send help. 📩 pic.twitter.com/bSMpk7W1w5
— For our Farmers PH, Inc. (@forourfarmers) September 25, 2022
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