A typhoon - codenamed Ondoy/Ketsana - has left millions of people in Manila across all demographic/socio-economic classes homeless. The flashfloods which inundated the Metro Manila area and nearby provinces in the Central Luzon, our main island, is the worst that flooding in the last half-century. In less than 6 hours, more than 24 hours' worth of continuous rain poured.
Cars were helpless - and in some areas of Manila, three-storey houses went underwater. Even the landed middle class and actors reportedly needed to be rescued by helicopters and speed boats.
But more than that, we are very much concerned about those who live in the slums and who call the streets their home. Street kids and families who live on 'karitons' (carts) are a grave concern, too.
In behalf of my Filipino brothers and sisters, I would like to request for your kindness to please help these victims.
Other alternatives which you may consider:
- The Red Cross offices in your respective countries would also be able to help should you wish to donate through them.
- Catholic and Christian Churches, and Buddhist associations may have their respective activities aimed at helping the victims of typhoon. You can approach them.
Please help us - not just in rebuilding homes - but hopes.
Help us save lives.