Guam – The death toll in the southern Philippine island of Mindanao is nearing 1,000 in the wake of Typhoon Sendong which triggered flash floods and landslides which are blamed for most of the deaths.
Meanwhile, Philippine President Benigno Aquino has ordered an investigation into disasters that sent mud and logs crashing down on residents. Most of the casualties are in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan and tens of thousands remain homeless, many sheltering in evacuation centres.
Meanwhile, relief efforts continue here on Guam.
The Filipino Community of Guam in collaboration with the Philippine Consulate and the Office of Vice Speaker B. J. Cruz have organized collection efforts to help the victims of Typhoon Sendong.
A release from Senator Cruz’s office states:
The storm that came to unsuspecting residents of Cagayan de Oro and Illigan cities last week has left over 600 dead and thousands missing and homeless.
Donations can be accepted a several places around the island including Vice Speaker Cruz’ office at the Guam Legislature building in Hagatna. Items like money, toiletries, clothes, and other necessities are needed by evacuation centers in the typhoon-stricken areas.
“You can go through your home and see what good items you can share with the victims or give whatever amount of money you can afford.” Cruz said. “The smallest donations go along way when people have nothing and everything will surely be appreciated. This is an opportunity to also teach children the true meaning of Christmas and the value of giving to those who are suffering.”
For more information, you may contact Cruz’ Senior Policy Advisor, Sarah Thomas-Nededog at 477-2520/1 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.