Caritas responds to the Philippines mudslide tragedy

Caritas Australia has been quick to act following the Philippines mudslide, which latest reports say has claimed hundreds and possibly thousands of lives, with as many as 2500 people reported buried alive in a remote farming town on the island of Leyte.

"Caritas Australia has an active and direct partnership with Caritas Philippines. This means we have already been able to respond very quickly to the disaster," said Mr Jack de Groot, Chief Executive Officer of Caritas Australia.

"The National Secretariat for Social Action (NASSA) which is Caritas Philippines, is utilising the Diocese Social Action Centre to manage and coordinate relief efforts," he said.

"Yesterday and today Caritas Philippines distributed rice, tinned sardines, noodles and clothing to affected people.

"Caritas Philippines is working closely with the local government which is also involved in providing relief goods, coordinating rescue efforts and organising shelter. An ongoing assessment of needs is being conducted but nearly all relief efforts are focused on rescue at the moment," Mr de Groot said.

Caritas Australia is the Catholic Aid and Development Agency. It is has a long history of partnership with the social action centres of the Catholic Church in the Philippines, which provide effective and strong responses to communities in crisis. Caritas Australia and Caritas Philippines will be using this network in their to response to this disaster.

Caritas Australia responds to the Philippines mudslide tragedy (Caritas Australia 18/2/06)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Caritas Australia - Philippines Landslide Appeal

Leyte landslide "worst tragedy ever to hit area" (AsiaNews.it 17/2/06)
Pope's condolences for the victims of Leyte landslide (AsiaNews.it 17/2/06)
Philippines Landslide Appeal (Caritas Australia)
Responding to the devastation in the Philippines (Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand)
Caritas Confederation Responds to Philippines Tragedy (Caritas Internationalis 19/2/06)
CBCP sends message of sympathy to mudslide victims in S. Leyte (CBCP Online 20/2/06)
Papal condolences for Philippine mudslide victims (Catholic World News 17/2/06)
Mass burial for 50 landslide victims (The Courier Mail 20/2/06)
Caritas Monitoring Landslide Disaster in Philippines (Zenit 17/2/06)

20 Feb 2006