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Caritas Manila Aids Flood Victims in the Philippines

Catholic Relief Services Agency Sends Relief Packs and Money to Assist in Disaster Recovery Efforts

By Staff

MANILA, August 23, 2013 (Zenit.org) - Caritas Manila, a relief services agency of the Catholic Church, has donated roughly 6 million pesos ($135,348) for relief aid to typhoon and flood victims.

According to the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, around 16,000 families have received Caritas Damayan Emergency Relief Packs distributed by Caritas Manila using its extensive network of volunteers.

The relief packs, together with 200 boxes of medicines, hygiene bags (containing soaps, detergents, toothpaste, etc.) and 200 sacks of clothes were distributed in the parishes heavily affected by the typhoon and floods caused by monsoon rains in Metro Manila and in the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Bulacan, and Bataan.

Each Caritas Damayan Emergency Relief Pack contain five kilos of rice, about 6 to 9 canned foods, biscuits, instant noodles, coffee and mineral water.

Caritas Damayan is the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Program of Caritas Manila. Quick-Response Emergency Relief is one of the major tasks of Caritas Damayan.

Hundreds of thousands of families were affected by the typhoon and the monsoon rains that flooded several areas in Manila and municipalities in Luzon.

The massive flooding also brought death to 17 people and at least 78 million pesos ($1.7 million) in damages to agriculture and infrastructure

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