Typhoon Haiyan Update from Fr Edu Gariguez

CAFOD Salford Blog

A man stands atop debris as residents salvage belongings from the ruins of their houses after Typhoon Haiyan battered Tacloban city in central Philippines November 10, 2013. One of the most powerful storms ever recorded has killed at least 10,000 people in the central Philippines province of Leyte, a senior police official said on Sunday, with coastal towns and the regional capital devastated by huge waves. Typhoon Haiyan destroyed about 70 to 80 percent of the area in its path as it tore through the province, said chief superintendent Elmer Soria, a regional police director. It not only brought wind gusts of around 275 kph (170 mph), it also caused a storm surge and whipped up waves of 5 to 6 metres (yards). REUTERS/Erik De Castro (PHILIPPINES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTX157B8 The devastation left after Typhoon Haiyan in the city of Tacloban

Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines on 8 November 2013, was one of the most powerful storms ever to hit land, winds reached over 160 mph. It tore apart the lives of more than 14 million people, destroying homes, schools and roads, and leaving entire communities with no way of making a living.

In the 18 months since, you have responded with amazing generosity, donating more than £5.5 million to our Philippines Typhoon appeal. Across England and Wales, schools and parishes held a huge variety of fundraising events. More than £1 million was raised here in the North West alone. Last week Fr Edwin (Edu) Gariguez visited Sacred Heart Parish in Blackburn to address CAFOD supporters from across the region and update them on the rebuilding process in the Philippines and thank them for their generous support. Fr Gariguez…

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