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Church aids flood victims.

CAGAYAN DE ORO, PHILIPPINES * Church agencies teamed with international aid groups and the Philippine government to assist tens of thousands of people left homeless in northern Mindanao by flash flooding caused by an intense tropical storm that left at least 1,000 people dead, as of Dec. 21.

The country estimates that 502,599 people in 13 provinces were affected by Tropical Storm Washi, which unleashed floods and landslides as people slept in their homes across northern Mindanao late Dec. 16.

Efforts are currently aimed at providing water to victims, especially in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan, two of the worst-hit areas.

Caritas Manila, church-run Radio Veritas and the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines' national social action secretariat have appealed for relief supplies, clothing and money from dioceses across the country.

"People in the evacuation centers we've met have nothing left from their houses," said Joe Curry of Catholic Relief Services. "Everything went with the house. They have no clothes. They have no kitchen items. They have nothing."

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Publication:National Catholic Reporter
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Geographic Code:9PHIL
Date:Jan 6, 2012
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