Typhoon Haiyan devastates Philippines

 
Over 10,000 dead and hundreds lost. As solidarity is set in motion around the world, news continues to arrive from Focolare members in the Asian islands.
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“We’re in need of everything, because the city of Tacloban practically no longer exists.” This news arrived directly from the Focolare community in the Philippines during the dramatic hours following the passage of typhoon Haiyan and the destruction it caused on November 9, 2013 especially on the islands of Leyte and Samar. It was one of the worse typhoons in history: communication and electrical power were down in many regions and with the passage of time the death toll continues to rise.

Tacloban is the was the worst-hit city. It is the capital of Leyte Province, an island in the central southeast. 10,000 of its 200,000 inhabitants are thought to be dead, and the number continues to grow. As in many of the islands, there is a Focolare community also in this city. Many of the inhabited regions are unreachable: “We’re trying to make contact from the other islands and take supplies, but communication is still quite difficult.,” write Carlo Gentile and Ding Dalisay from Cebu. “One focolarino doctor, Himmel, along with Rey and Ladyliz attempted to rech Tacloban through the port of Ormoc, on the island of Leyte, but that city was completely destroyed and the roads were unusable.”

On the evening of November 10, 2013, some young people (Gen) from Tacloban, who were in Cebu at the moment of the typhoon, went with a coast guard boat to see how their families were, and check out the local situation.” “Also other relatives of persons with whom we are in contact on the island of Panay, in the path of typhoon, had their homes destroyed or greatly damaged.”

The central region of the Philippines, with the large group of Visayas islands was most at risk both because of the frequency of tropical storms and the construction of dwellings. The devastating typhoon hit the poorest islands of this region, the ones that are most difficult to reach. Aware of the risk, the government evacuated over 600,000 people and collaborated in the construction of refuges. Archbishop of Cebu, Jose Palma, invited everyone to pray, to ask for God’s help. Thanks to all this it seems that human damage was minimal compared to other times, even though the number of deaths is going to rise.”

Assistance arrived from around the world, thanks also to the prayer offered by Pope Francis at the Sunday Angelus. “In Cebu we are already receiving help from all over the Philippines and also from overseas (Hong Kong, Jordan).”

WHERE TO SEND YOUR DONATIONS

FOCOLARE MOVEMENT IN CEBU – see also Emergency Aid poster

Payable to : Emergency Typhoon Haiyan Philippines

METROPOLITAN BANK & TRUST COMPANY

Cebu – Guadalupe Branch

6000 Cebu City – Cebu, Philippines

Tel: 0063-32-2533728

Bank Account name:  WORK OF MARY/FOCOLARE MOVEMENT FOR WOMEN

Euro Bank Account no.:  398-2-39860031-7

SWIFT Code:  MBTCPHMM

Payable to:  “Help Philippines– Typhoon Haiyan

Email: focolaremovementcebf@gmail.com

Tel. 0063 (032) 345 1563 – 2537883 – 2536407

Association for a United World (Associazione Azione per un Mondo Unito – Onlus)

BANK:  Banca Popolare Etica, Rome branch

IBAN: IT16G0501803200000000120434

SWIFT/BIC CCRTIT2184D

Payable to: “Emergenza tifone Haiyan Filippine”

New Families Movement (AZIONE per FAMIGLIE NUOVE Onlus)

c/c bancario n° 1000/1060

BANCA PROSSIMA

IBAN: IT 55 K 03359 01600 100000001060

Swift: BCITITMX

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  1. TUIGANA NAU

    Noi qui in Futuna, preghiamo fortissima per voi. Che Dio sia sempre vicino a voi ogni momento perche avete bisogno di Lui. Andiamo sempre avanti nel “Santo Viaggio” della vita a fare la Sua Volonta. Ogni cose che facciamo, offriamo a Dio per voi. Che Lui sta sempre con voi più che mai. Unitissimi le nostre preghiere.
    Katarina

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  2. giannamaria conti

    Prego ogni giorno il buon Dio che raddoppino gli aiuti…
    Ho girato le mail ad altre persone amiche che potrebbero essere sensibili… speriamo. I “ponti” sono sempre da lanciare…
    Presto vi manderò il mio annuale sostegno.
    “Andiamo avanti” sempre insieme… l’Ideale dell’unità ormai nessuno può cancellarlo perchè è eternità vissuta nei limiti delle possibilità umane, ma al massimo nella potenza dello Spirito Santo nella spiritualità nell’Opera di Maria di Chiara.
    Sempre uniti, giannamaria

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  3. lucia angela

    Sono vicina con la preghiera, l’affetto e la solidarietà a tutte le persone colpite dal tifone Haiyan. Sono certa che il Signore in primis farà sentire viva la sua presenza di Padre provvido e misericordioso e dirà nel cuore a tutti ” quello che fai per il più piccolo, lo fai per me, e non perderai la tua ricompensa, anzi sarò il stesso la ricompensa” sr Lucia

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  4. Essere sempre Famiglia!!!

    Anche noi ci siamo a pregare e sopratutto a vivere piú che mai!!!
    anche concretamente!!!
    CI SIAMO!!!

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