As the flood subsided in many typhoon-affected areas in Isabela and Cagayan, residents are now facing another problem: They lack potable water.
This is the request that Fr. Carlito Sarte, director of Ilagan Diocesan Social Action Center, gets from victims in many areas in Isabela and Cagayan provinces. He expressed concerns over the health issues that may arise due to the lack of access to clean and safe water. (Read: The Best Food Items to Donate for Disaster Victims)
“The situation is still hard. You can survive for some days without food but not without water,” Sarte said. He added that because many communities were submerged for days, it created a huge water problem.
Donate Potable Water
Aside from food aid, Fr. Sarte is asking donors to give potable water to thousands of flood victims. And while he already appealed to water refilling stations in his parish in Santiago City to donate bottled water, they still need more.
“My friends in Tuguegarao and Cagayan are asking for potable water… they really need it,” the priest said. (Read: San Miguel Donates Food to Typhoon Victims, Vows to Address Metro Manila Flooding)
Last week, the provinces of Cagayan, Tuguegarao, and Isabela suffered the brunt of typhoon Ulysses. Lives were lost amid the onslaught of the typhoon, it also destructed homes, and livelihoods in several areas in the country including Metro Manila.