Urgent Appeal for Support for Victims of Recent Rains and Flooding in the Philippines

07 August 2012

Dear friends,

For the past week, the rains due to the monsoon after typhoon Gener left the country have been persistent and have caused flooding in different parts of Luzon, especially in Metro Manila. At present, as the rains pour, many have been stranded in their houses while thousands are being relocated to various evacuation centers in their cities and municipalities. As of 3:45pm today, 60 individuals have been reportedly killed due to the non-stop rains, flooding and landslides caused by incessant rains. According to news reports, the rains have affected some 199,485 families (or about one million individuals based on an average of 5 per family) across 11 regions in the country.

We in KARAPATAN, SELDA, Desaparecidos, Tanggol Bayi, Hustisya and EMJP are appealing to all concerned citizens in the Philippines and abroad for relief goods (food, clothes, blankets, medicines) and cash support for needed relief for our brethren, most especially the women and children, affected by rains and floods in Sampaloc, Manila; Tatalon, Quezon City; Dagat-dagatan, Caloocan; and many other affected areas in the National Capital Region, Southern Tagalog and Central Luzon.

You can drop off your donations to Karapatan National Office, Erythrina Building, #Maaralin cor. Matatag Streets, Central District, Quezon City. Please contact anyone of the following – Tinay Palabay (0917-5003879), Lui Tumlos (0917-8299202), or Girlie Padilla (0908-8941870).

For cash or check contributions, please inform us so we can send the details to facilitate the donations.

Thank you very much and our best regards.

Sincerely yours,

 Marie Hilao Enriquez
 Chairperson

Cristina Palabay

Spokesperson, Karapatan

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