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Caritas appeals for Philippine typhoon victims

Caritas Internationalis has launched a $A156,457 appeal in the wake of four typhoons and tropical storms that ripped through the Philippines late last month.

According to a statement on the website of the confederation - which includes Caritas Australia - the appeal will provide emergency relief to 3000 families.

Friday's statement says the number of deaths caused by the consecutive typhoons has reached 400, excluding those people who are still missing. The amount of damage done to property, livestock, and sources of livelihood is being assessed in billions of dollars. In just one section of the country, Mindoro, more than ten thousand families were left homeless in the wake of the first typhoon. People are temporarily staying in school buildings, makeshift houses, or evacuation centres.

The majority of the displaced families need financial assistance for the repair or reconstruction of their homes. All the displaced are in need of food and medicine, as well as clothing, kitchen utensils, blankets, mats for sleeping, and mosquito nets. Caritas has already distributed rice, dried fish, and other goods to nine of the effected diocese, but is seeking further financial assistance through the appeal to reach more people in need and to provide other essential items, such as medicine.

Caritas Australia is accepting donations in support of this emergency. The freecall phone number is 1800 024 413, and it is also possible to donate online.

Caritas Appeals for Victims of Relentless Typhoons in Philippines (Caritas Internationalis 3/12/04)

Caritas Australia | Philippines - Typhoon Emergency Response
Caritas Internationalis

Caritas Assisting Storm Victims in Philippines (Zenit 3/12/04)
Relief aid appeal by Philippines (BBC 5/12/04)
Help sought to rebuild storm-ravaged villages in Philippines (CNN 5/12/04)

6 Dec 2004