Call to Action: Emergency Relief HELP

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Dear Friends of GABRIELA,

On behalf of GABRIELA, I ask that you please take the time to read and respond to this call to action. Additionally, it would be much appreciated if you could forward it to those in your solidarity network. 

As some of you may already be aware of, the Southwest monsoon has been unloading torrential rains in Metro Manila and surrounding areas over the past two weeks causing massive floods especially in urban poor communities.

In many GABRIELA organizing areas, floodwaters have already reached the second floor of houses thus causing the evacuation of thousands of families. PAG-ASA, the local weather station, is forecasting more rains in the next few days. This and the fact that the dams around Metro-Manila are spilling out water will worsen the flooding.

Those affected by the flooding are in need of food items (rice and non-perishables), clean drinking water, powdered milk for children and nursing mothers, basic medicines, first aid supplies, clothes, sleeping mats, blankets, and toiletries.

For those in our international solidarity network we kindly ask that you make a monetary donation to help us with our relief efforts. To make a monetary donation please send to GERTRUDES LIBANG via Western Union and inform us of the details of your donation, such as the transfer number.

Those residing within the Philippines, we ask that you either make a monetary donation and or contribute to our collection of relief goods.

For those in our local network, please drop off your donations at the GABRIELA National Office, 35 Sct. Delgado, Brgy. Laging Handa, Quezon City.

If you have any questions or require further clarifications please do not hesitate to contact us at: +639-228-895-626 or +639-209-836-266

Recent Flood Evacuation Statistics by Area as Reported by our GABRIELA Chapters

Areas

Number of those evacuate

Situation

Muntinlupa

506 families

Flood waters have reached the roofs of houses; the only means of transportation are the manmade rafts. The flood waters are expected to rise higher given that the rising waters of Laguna de Bay.

Bagong Silangan

715 families

The whole community is under water with flood reaching the second floor of houses.

Batasan

94 families

The wall surrounding one of the rivers is broken thus sending waters into the area. They are anticipating  the evacuation of more families.

Commonwealth

30 families

There are about 90 families that have been trapped in an area which they call the waterhole

Payatas

120 families

There is a crack in the dumpsite thus endangering the houses built  on top. The residents are awaiting rescuers

Tatalon

Some of the 5000 families are in the covered court,  diosdado macapagal elem school, and others are staying in the third floor of their house

5000 families in need of relief with some waiting for rescue. The whole area is already underwater with floods reaching the second floor of houses in many areas. Many families have been trapped by the flood waters and are awaiting rescue while on top of their roofs.

Dona Imelda

 

400 families in need of relief with some in need of rescue

Damayang Lagi

 

500 families in need of relief

Del Monte

 

350       “         in need of relief

Kaingin Bukid

 

500       “         in need of relief

Don Manuel

 

100       “         in need of relief

Masambong

 

200        “        in need of relief

Balingasa

 

300       “          in need of relief

Katipunan

 

200        “         in need of relief

Manresa

 

500         “        in need of relief

San Antonio

Some of the 250 families are already in the Sinagtala elem school

250         “        in need of relief

Bahay Toro

 

2000 families in need of relief. Since two days ago, some places in Bahay Toro had waist high flood waters.

Bignay, Valenzuela

40 families are already in evacuation center

Many families still refuse to evacuate though flood waters are rising.

Manila

 

Flood waters are fast rising even in higher areas like Sta. Mesa.    

     

**The average Filipino family is composed of 6 persons; most families in the Philippines have multiple generations living in one household**

 

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