CBCP appeals for continued aid in aftermath of Vinta
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines has appealed for assistance for the victims of Typhoon Vinta (Tembin).
Ahead of the new year, the CBCP asked the Cathoilic faithful and "all people of goodwill" to offer prayers for those who have died, as well as the many affected in the aftermath of the typhoon.
"At the same time we can be with the Lord by extending all we can – our help and assistance to these people," wrote CBCP president Romulo Valles in the message published before the weekend.
Tropical Storm Vinta struck the southern Philippines on December 22 and left the country's area of responsibility on the day before Christmas. The typhoon triggered massive floods and landslides. At least 240 were killed and many more remain missing.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) puts the number of internally displaced at 180,000, including residents in already vulnerable communities who fled conflict in the region.
Vinta arrived on the heels of Urduja, a tropical depression that battered Eastern Visayas and killed at least 31.
Church aid, said Valles, is available through bishops in affected areas.
"In addition to our help for the victims of typhoon Urduja, we ask that we do not tire to continue to aid the victims of Vinta also," Valles said.
In a New Year message released on December 31, Valles called on Filipinos to pray for those who suffered and died as a results of the recent storms.
"We pray for the homeless, the elderly and children... Let us pray that many people of goodwill, communities and many organizations will never tire to bring aid, help and comfort to those who are suffering," he said.
The CBCP acknowledged the continued response of government and civic agencies, and enjoined its own dioceses, social action centers, and CARITAS office to carry out their duties. – Rappler.com