Concern over kin in flood-hit PH mounts

Posted at 08/10/2012 4:41 PM | Updated as of 08/10/2012 4:41 PM

ROME, Italy – Filipinos based in Italy can’t help but worry about their relatives who have been affected by the massive floods that hit Metro Manila and several areas in Luzon.

“Ako ay nag-aalala dahil ang bahay namin ay nasa Quezon City. At kagabi tinatawag ko ang aking pamangkin pero hindi ko na-contact hanggang madaling araw. Up to now, worried pa din ako,” said Elena Urnos.

Unable to get in touch with her relative, Urnos watched the news to monitor the situation in the Philippines.

“Ako ay nanalangin sa Lord na sana ay mawala na ang bagyo sa atin dahil tayo ay naapektuhan at ang kalamidad mahinto na,” Urnos added.

Another Filipino Helen Madrigal is worried for her friend who is in the Philippines.

“Iyong mga kabarkada ko dati sa Manila aking tinext, kinukumusta ko pero hindi sila nagsagutan kaya hindi ko alam kung inabot sila ng baha o paano?" she said.

Madrigal believes that garbage that was not disposed properly was one of the factors that contributed to the massive flooding in Metro Manila.

“Unang-una ang basura, ang mga plastic kasi sa atin walang basurahan na tulad dito na tapunan. Ang mga plastic nabara sa kanal kaya nataas ang baha,” she said.

Madrigal only hopes that the Philippine government will be able to resolve the flooding problem soon.

“Kasi kawawa naman ang mga kababayan nating naghihirap,” she said.

Fr. Romeo Velos of the Sentro Pilipino Chaplaincy, the flood was heavily due to the destruction of the environment.

“Dahil sa global warming, sabi ng mga eksperto, dahil hindi na natin nabigyan ng pag aalaga ang ating kalikasan, ang ating kapaligiran” Fr. Velos said.
 
A mass was offered by the Sentro Pilipino Chaplaincy to all Filipinos affected by the calamity.

“Higit isang milyon ang naapektuhan sa matinding baha sa Luzon at tayo dito sa Roma ay nakadama ng kalungkutan dahil marami sa ating mga kapatid na mahihirap ang biktima,” he said.

The chaplaincy is now gathering donations which will be forwarded to the flood victims in the Philippines. Jocelyn Ruiz, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau