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Second Philippines typhoon misses major cities

October 5, 2009

Antipolo, Philippines house was destroyed by floodwaters
A house in the Antipolo area was destroyed by

MANILA — The second typhoon in a week to hit the Philippines veered north over the weekend, missing the flooded capital of Manila but bringing more heavy rains and causing evacuations of rural areas. There were no reports of damage or injury so far from CFCA projects or families in the north.

Latest reports put the death toll at 22 from Typhoon Parma.

The first typhoon—Ketsana—left an estimated 300 people dead and a half million forced from their homes the previous weekend in the Manila region. In the Antipolo project near Manila, coordinator Malou Navio said the sister and grandmother of a sponsored girl were found dead buried in mud on Oct. 2.

CFCA was preparing financial aid to help the many families of sponsored members whose homes were destroyed or damaged. An initial assessment from the Antipolo project alone listed 606 families needing assistance.

Navio said rains from Typhoon Parma caused existing floodwaters to rise even further, but the area experienced no flash floods or landslides. Floodwaters reached the roofs of some sponsored members’ homes.

The fathers of sponsored children continued to build balsa boats for rescue and salvage operations, Navio said. Displaced families stayed at evacuation centers and returned to their homes during the day to repair damage and recover household items.

As CFCA projects and families dealt with the effects of two typhoons, a third typhoon named Melor was threatening the northernmost islands of the Philippines on Oct. 5, according to the Malaya News in Manila. Melor was about 700 miles southeast of Basco, Batanes, with winds of 125 mph. It was moving northwest at 15 mph. Typhoon Parma remained stalled north of Luzon, the largest island, bringing more rain.

Gari Olavario, coordinator of the Legazpi project, said the Bicol region served by the project experienced some flooding but escaped the worst of the storms’ effects. He said the typhoons have brought the Filipino people closer to each other and to God.

“These calamities test the resiliency of the Filipinos in facing problems,” he said. “I'm so touched and proud of my countrymen. Each one of us is compassionate, helpful, kind, which is enough to ease the pain and sufferings of the affected families.

“We'll continue to pray that God always watches over us.”

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