Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Friday 17 September |
Saint of the Day: St. Hildegard of Bingen
home iconNews
line break icon

Record-breaking floods in Philippines displace thousands

FLOOD PHILIPPINES

Bill VISAYA | AFP

J-P Mauro - published on 11/17/20 - updated on 11/16/20

The island nation has experienced five tropical storms in just three weeks.

During his November 15 address, Pope Francis acknowledged the suffering of those affected by recent flooding in the Philippines. The pope’s comments came after the island nation experienced five tropical storms in just three weeks, laying to waste countless homes and displacing tens of thousands. The most recent, Typhoon Vamco, has destroyed an estimated 26,000 homes and left 67 dead, with more still missing.

According to Catholic Philly, Pope Francis mentioned this string of natural disasters during his Angelus address on the World Day of the Poor. He remarked:

“I express my solidarity with the poorest families who have been subjected to these calamities and my support to those who are trying to assist them.”

Record-breaking floods

A report from Yahoo News cited the flooding as the worst in 45 years. In the province of Cagayan, a damaged dam exacerbated flooding. It is estimated that the dam released roughly two Olympic-sized pools of water per second. The flood levels have broken the nation’s record of 72 feet, set by Typhoon Ketsana in 2009.

In Marikina City, to the south, the currents on the streets are too strong for rescue boats.  Mayor Marcelino Teodoro noted that the city hall, where emergency supplies are stored, has also flooded. As part of an appeal for government aid, he said:

“Local authorities in Marikina City cannot conduct rescue efforts alone. Given the weather, we need air support. People are on their rooftops waiting to be rescued,” Teodoro told reporters.

Catholic Philly went on to note that aid workers from Caritas and its U.S. partner, Catholic Relief Services, were already on site to help in the wake of Super Typhoon Goni. Goni, the world’s strongest typhoon of 2020, laid to waste many areas of the Philippines. It is estimated that nearly 300,000 homes were destroyed by Goni, leaving tens of thousands still displaced.

Across the country, rescue efforts are underway, but officials are wary that more destruction may be on the horizon. Monday morning, reports arose of a magnitude 6.1 earthquake shaking the ground under Cagayan.


URBI ET ORBI

Read more:
Pope prays for victims of Christmas Day typhoon in Philippines

Tags:
PhilippinesPope Francis

Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...




Top 10
1
CELEBRITIES
Cerith Gardiner
Our favorite stories of celebrities who inspire us in daily life
2
communion
Philip Kosloski
How receiving Holy Communion can drive away demons
3
Kathleen N. Hattrup
Pope considers what to do with pro-abortion Catholic politicians
4
Berthe and Marcel
Lauriane Vofo Kana
This couple has the longest marriage in France
5
As irmãs biológicas que se tornaram freiras no instituto Iesu Communio
Francisco Veneto
The 5 biological sisters who joined the religious life in just tw...
6
CROSS
Philip Kosloski
Why is the feast of the Holy Cross celebrated on September 14?
7
SAINT ANTHONY OF PADUA
Philip Kosloski
This prayer to St. Anthony is said to have “never been known to f...
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.