Philippines Typhoon Survivors Attend Church Services

On Sunday, scores of churches in the mainly Roman Catholic country held services that were attended by thousands.
On Sunday, scores of churches in the mainly Roman Catholic country held services that were attended by thousands.

Thousands of grieving survivors have attended church services in areas of the Philippines devastated by Typhoon Haiyan nine days ago.

In many places, including the mostly flattened city of Tacloban in Leyte province, Masses were held in half-destroyed and flooded churches.

The international aid effort is starting to have a major impact, with Britain’s HMS Daring warship joining the huge relief operation.

Haiyan killed more than 3,600 people.

The typhoon – which had some of the strongest winds ever recorded on land – also left about 500,000 people homeless.

Meanwhile, the UK’s Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) group of charities urged countries to take urgent action on climate change.

It said Typhoon Haiyan was a glimpse of the future for millions who will be at risk from extreme weather.

On Sunday, scores of churches in the mainly Roman Catholic country held services that were attended by thousands.

Many came to give thanks for surviving the storm, while others prayed for their loved ones that died.

“I wish to thank the Lord. We asked for his help for all the people who survived this typhoon to be able to eat and continue a life that is hopefully more blissful,” Belen Curila told the AFP news agency at a service in Guiuan – the first town to be hit by the typhoon.

“The Lord has strengthened our faith and made us stronger in order for us to survive and start off all over again.”

BBC

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