For those residing outside of the Philippines and wish to contribute to the relief efforts:
LBC Drop Off Points
“All LBC branches in the Philippines, Europe, Asia, Middle East are accepting. We are working on disseminating the info to our North America offices, please stand by for that.
LBC branches will serve as drop-off centers for Phil. Red Cross. You may take your donations for flood victims to the nearest LBC branch starting tom Aug 8.
Most needed are blankets, water, milk, easy-to-eat foods like biscuits, rice, baby diapers, mats/banigs, toiletries. Pls make sure these are properly labled as donations and we will make sure these are sent immediately to the Red Cross and to their evacuation centers.
PLEASE don’t use plastic bags, instead use a blanket, towel or old shirt to tie-up and carry your donations. Thank you.”
Between now and the time I posted my last blog entry last night was all it took for half of Manila to be submerged in flood waters. There was no typhoon signal or warning per se, but just steady, unceasing rainfall in an already embattled city that has been weathering one storm after the other since June.
The ones affected most are those who live in the northern part of the city close to the dam and river.
Everything has been suspended — schools and even work have been called off all over the city. The Smashing Pumpkins concert tonight has already been postponed. Second levels of homes are submerged in murky water and people are stuck on rooftops awaiting rescue.
Years ago, a typhoon called “Ondoy” swept through the Philippines and destroyed lives and properties. Back then, the water rose so quickly the water from the dam spilled and the strong currents swept through the city. My friend personally experienced this and he said it was only a matter of minutes for the strong currents to flood his home.
The news said today’s rainfall exceeded that deadly typhoon.
I grew up with typhoons and flood issues but in the recent years, the currents have intensified in leaps and bounds.
The country can use your prayers and help during these trying times.
Please help our countrymen and kindly pray for the country.