Southwest monsoons which bolstered tropical storm Maring (International name Trami) caused devastation to the lives of many families in Metro Manila, Southern, Northern and Central Luzon for the past three days.
In Northern, Southern and Central Luzon, heavy flooding was experienced by residents of Bataan, Laguna, Cavite, Pampanga and adjacent provinces. Even big national roads experienced flooding and destruction.
In Metro Manila, most cities were submerged in water. The incessant heavy rainfall affected families, especially in urban poor communities. They were then evacuated to schools and churches for safety and protection. In Quezon City, approximately 2,200 families were affected while in Marikina City, around 1,000 families were affected. Other cities were not exempted from the rage of the southwest monsoon.
Typhoon Maring has left but families are still in evacuation centers which are crowded and many have experienced hunger due to the delay of relief delivery. Children and adults alike already have illnesses, cough, colds, fever, diarrhoea and skin diseases due to the flooding.
These families need to be reached out and the Task Force Children of the Storm (TFCOS) is counting on your big hearts. We need more support in the form of in kind and cash donations to be able to give flood affected families the following:
- Easy to cook and ready to eat products: noodles, sardines, tuna, corned beef and other canned goods, dried fish, etc.
- Rice, Salt, Sugar, Coffee
- Potable water
- Sanitary and personal hygiene needs: toilet paper, sanitary napkins, diaper, laundry soap, bath soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush
- Medical needs: alcohol, bandages, povidine, medicine for cough, colds, fever, diarrhoea, pain reliever for both children and adult
Aside from these items, we also count on your tireless volunteerism to help us gather, package and deliver the relief goods. TFCOS also needs volunteers for clean-up drives, health missions and psycho social first aid.
Thank you very much and your help will go a long way.
Task Force Children of the Storm