Over 600 people and counting have been killed by massive floods caused by Typhoon Sendong, which hit Mindanao, Philippines in the middle of the night last Friday, 2011 December 16. Rarely hit by typhoons or strong rains, most residents were unprepared for the tropical storm, despite warnings being given. The cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan were the worst affected by the floods.
Nobody was expecting such a huge tragedy to happen so close to Christmas, and the death toll is just staggering. Now, the whole country is united in helping the victims of this calamity. There is currently a water shortage in Mindanao and Filipinos there are in desperate need of drinking water.
Correction: Cagayan de Oro has no more tap water! SMART Communications is coordinating the deployment of LifeStraw water filters to Mindanao.
Here are three ways by which you can donate:
2. The Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan (SLB) is accepting donations via bank deposit. You may course your donations through and Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) branch. Here are the account details of SLB:
SIMBAHANG LINGKOD NG BAYAN (Account Name/Payee)
Bank of the Philippine Islands (Loyola-Katipunan Branch)
BPI Peso Checking Account Number: 3081-1111-61
BPI Dollar Savings Account Number: 3084-0420-12
SWIFT CODE: BOPIPHMM, ROUTING NO: 021-0000-21
You can also give donations in kind. Kindly drop them off at the Xavier Hall in Ateneo de Manila University. There are already booths setup to accept your donations.
3. The Luzon Brokerage Corporation (LBC) Foundation is now accepting donations in kind for the victims of Typhoon Sendong. You can drop off your donations at any LBC Express outlet, and LBC will fly it to Mindanao for you, and distribute the goods according to where it is needed.