Evacuation centres are housing thousands of flood-affected families. Credits: Caritas

Evacuation centres are housing thousands of flood-affected families.
Credits: Caritas

Caritas is appealing for funds to help families in the Philippines, many of whom are living in temporary evacuation centres following massive floods.

Heavy rains in early August left over 100 people dead and hundreds of thousands of families without shelter and food. Conditions are still very difficult with food scarce and many people unable to return home.

Caritas will care for over 6000 families in five dioceses, providing food, hygiene items and cooking utensils. The cost of the two-month programme will be 352,050 euro.

Priority will be given to vulnerable people such as pregnant women, the elderly, the disabled and child-headed households who have either lost their homes completely or whose homes have been severely damaged by water.

Caritas’ work in the flood areas aims to prevent illness and further deaths caused by such difficult living conditions. When the floods first struck Caritas mobilised its network of diocesan centres and church volunteers to respond to people’s immediate needs.

Contact Michelle Hough, Communications Officer, at +39 334 234 4136 or hough@caritas.va