Sr. Liane Rainville , Fille de la Sagesse, Regional Superior wrote :
[…] After two days without electricity, we shouted with joy last night at 8 p.m. when it came back.
Our engineer gave us 15, 000.00 pesos (360.00$). We added this to the amount collected to prepare 60 bags of rice, sardines and noodles. But today, as we were going to meet the lady who organizes one of the afflicted regions, we had to turn back. The water level was higher than our Isuzu could handle. With our fingers crossed, we had already successfully crossed “rivers”, but now the road had become a deadlock.
Our properties in Manila are not flooded but we are concerned with our Center for Special Children where water has risen up to our house and in the entrance because the river nearby overflowed. Without electricity, we had no news of them. Our cell phones batteries were dead. The roads were flooded on each side of our street. We were trapped. In a rented van, the Sisters and the novices went to the Department of Social Services to prepare hundreds of food bags.
Schools and universities are closed. This is worse than in 2009, yet, thank God, there are fewer calamities. The boat that we had given this year has carried many people and saved many lives. This region is low and quite fertile during the dry season, but is easily flooded during the other part of the year.
Food, blankets and water are in great demand. A lady we know has lost everything. Water rose over the second floor. Her family had provided accommodation to people but everyone had to run away very fast. We bought underwear, T-shirts, slacks, plates and cups for her and her husband. We cannot do more. For the 38 families of this section, we will give the blankets, sheets and clothes received from the parish in Elliot Lake.
Millions of people are at the evacuation centers. When Manila is hit by a typhoon, it is always worse because of the amount of people affected. Population in Manila is estimated at 15 million. The family of one of our sponsored student stayed one night on the roof. They could not go up or down and were determined to die together if the level of water did not subside. No one could help them because of the streets transformed into lakes. Let us hope that this year’s rainy season has no other surprises like this one. Many still are without electricity.
United in prayer,
Sr. Liane Rainville DW