JIGSAW FLOODING AND EVACUATION CRISIS.
Written by Lendehl, Vice President of JIGSAW Philippines. 9th Aug 2012
Call for Prayer for those who continue to be devastatingly affected by the flooding in Metro Manila.
ONCE AGAIN MANILA IS IN CRISIS AND THE MOST VUNERABLE ARE THE CHILDREN AND THE POOREST OF THE POOR, THE CHILDREN AND FAMILIES OF JIGSAW, INCLUDING JIGSAW WORKERS THEMSELVES.
We bid your prayers for the children, their families and Jigsaw staff in Metro Manila suffering from intensive flooding. The continued typhoons and downpours of rains beginning Monday has caused the overflowing of major dams and rivers in Metro Manila and nine surrounding provinces causing heavy flooding. The La Mesa dam, which supplies water to the National Capital Region of 12 million people, spilled excess water for a second time early Tuesday into the rivers flowing into Quezon City, Malabon, Valenzuela and Caloocan, where several villages were submerged, creating full emergency alert from the government.
We pray for Jigsaw workers specially those living in Area4 where one of the Jigsaw center is located.
The community has been 60% submerged in water where the Jigsaw staff worked tirelessly in bringing the children and their families to a safer ground. Jigsaw staff and families stayed overnight of Tuesday in the Jigsaw main office. Alert level has gone down to Green/extreme signal on Wednesday morning which meant that the water is catastrophic but has slightly subsided and safer to go back home. All of them went back and started cleaning their houses and try to put the broken pieces of their lives back together where they could only to be frustrated when torrential rains started pouring again in the afternoon. At 3 PM today, water level at the Marikina River raised to the 20-meter mark, way above the critical level of 18 meters. This prompted local authorities to raise Alert Level 4/extreme emergency again. The staffs have to go back at the office as this is on higher ground and is concrete while the children and families went back to government evacuation sites.
1. Please pray for the rain to stop
2. Pray for those who lost their family members in the floods.
3. Pray for Jigsaw children and staff who have to be back in the evacuation sites.
4. Pray for the traumatised communities Jigsaw works in and especially for the children.
5. Pray for Strength and comfort for the people.
6. Pray for Jigsaw staff as they seek to be a strength even as they are too driven from their homes and communities.