Operation Blessing is now accepting donations for the Leyte earthquake-affected families who are currently living in tents and other makeshift shelters. The children, pregnant women, and the elderly are the most vulnerable during this difficult time.
One of the families affected was Janice and Elizer’s family. They live in Brgy. Tongonan, Ormoc City near the geothermal plant – the main power source of Region 8. Janice, 33, said she went out to the store with her 3-year-old daughter to buy some things when the earthquake happened. Her husband was at his workplace at that time.
Since they were near the epicenter of the earthquake, Janice said, that for almost a minute, she just tightly embraced her child and sat in front of the store while seeing the roads crack, houses being damaged and landslides near them.
Immediately after the quake, they hurried back to their house, which was at the foothills of the mountain and saw that the floors of their house had fallen. Her husband quickly went home to check on them.
“I was thankful that we went out to the store before the earthquake. We might have been eaten by the ground now if we did not leave,” Janice shared.
Today, they are staying in an improvised tent in a vacant lot near their house. Most of the homes are too risky to live in. SEND MY HELP NOW
Reports from our Rapid Assessment Team on the ground say that some places in Ormoc City and Kananga are already for abandonment and are categorized as no-build zone areas.
Although the government has given initial help to the families, evacuees have gotten ill due to the rainy weather and the difficult environment. The families are also experiencing rotational brownout due to the damage to the geothermal plant.
Janice’s family received a solar lamp from Operation Blessing as part of its initial help since it is hard for them to do move at night due to brownout.
While we are coordinating with the Local Government Unit, Department of Social Welfare and Development, and the Armed Forces of the Philippines, we are now mobilizing help for our kababayans.
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