Floodwaters hit CFCA's Filipino families
September 28, 2009
MANILA — Floods triggered by torrential rains of Typhoon Ketsana over the weekend damaged the homes of an undetermined number of CFCA sponsored families and left at least 10 families homeless, according to CFCA project coordinators.
There were no reports of deaths among the CFCA community. International media reports said as many as 140 Filipinos died in the disaster, which affected 450,000 and displaced 150,000 in the Manila area. Several CFCA staff members were trapped temporarily by the floodwaters and others lost their homes.
“The non-stop downpours of heavy rain caused tremendous flooding all over Quezon City, Marikina, Pasig and Antipolo where we have thousands of sponsored members,” said Veron Telar-Menguito, coordinator of the Manila project, in a Sept. 27 e-mail. “These communities are dwellers along riverbanks and/or water passages. …”
Telar-Menguito said her team tried to visit 12 subprojects but reached only two because authorities blocked passage in order to give priority to rescue workers.
“The families we met lost everything at home and even their livelihood,” Telar-Menguito said. “They have only their house structure. They have been provided with initial food assistance through CFCA resources. Our relief operation will continue tomorrow and probably in the next few days, and we will not stop until we reach all the CFCA communities.”
In Quezon, CFCA’s project coordinator, Marivic Ihap, said rain fell non-stop for six hours and caused floodwaters to rise 15 to 18 feet. A team of more than 30 CFCA leaders was trapped in the San Mateo Resort during a leadership training session but they were rescued.
Ihap said 15 of her staff members’ homes were damaged by the floods. One worker and his family were stranded on the second floor of their home but were safely evacuated. She said she planned to bring food to staff members who were displaced.
Ihap said CFCA families from six subprojects in the Quezon area were staying in public schools converted into shelters.
“Fifty percent of the staff is experiencing depression because they have nothing to save except for themselves,” Ihap said.
Filipino authorities estimated the floods caused $30 million in damage to homes, roads, bridges and lost crops.
Both Ihap and Telar-Menguito asked for prayers from the CFCA community.