Philippines diocese appeals for help after 7.0 magnitude earthquake – Catholic Philly


MANILA, Philippines (CNS) – A diocese in the northern Philippines appealed for help on July 27 after a magnitude 7 earthquake left at least four people dead and dozens injured.

The Archdiocese of Tuguegarao in northeast Luzon said churches and historic sites suffered crack damage, but it also needed help to repair infrastructure and hospital equipment.

Patients were evacuated from a local hospital during the earthquake for fear the building would collapse.

“We ordered the evacuation because we thought our roof was going to collapse. Nurses were ordered to evacuate as many patients as possible. But we had difficulties with those who were bedridden with medical equipment. I hope it doesn’t happen again,” said a doctor who wished to remain anonymous.

The archdiocese said its churches were not just places of worship, but symbolized the history and tradition of their people.

“They testify to our faith and our culture. Although they have been damaged by natural calamities like this recent earthquake, we will rebuild them, just as we have rebuilt our lives after disasters in love and faith in Christ,” the Archdiocese added.

He pleaded for God to give parishioners strength of mind and spirit to overcome the trauma and damage caused by the earthquake.

The earthquake caused landslides and power outages in more than 10 towns and nearly 300 towns in the region. Landslides were also recorded in Baguio City, where major roads were impassable.

Father Ranhilio Aquino, a priest in the archdiocese, described the quake as “very strong and prolonged”.

Area parishioners who lost their homes also pleaded for help.

Fruit vendor Clara Jimenez told that a utility pole fell on her house. “We are lucky there is no one inside because my husband and I are working. We were at the market to sell our products.

Jimenez said they had borrowed money from loan sharks to build their house, so they would be forced to borrow again.

“I am appealing for help because we paid very high interest when we built this house. Perhaps someone would be generous to lend us some money and charge us reasonable interest. We’re okay with that,” Jimenez said.

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