Tropical Storm Auring Relief Operations to Aid Surigao del Sur Affected Communities
By Editorial Team
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Following the massive flooding caused by tropical storm Auring (Dujuan), Humanitarian Foundations established and led by Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy organized relief operations for the flood-stricken areas in Surigao del Sur. Among the humanitarian organizations were Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. (CJFI), Sonshine Philippines Movement (SPM), and SMNI Foundation.
Based on data provided by the DSWD Caraga field office on February 21, 2021, a total of 3,858 families (equivalent to 14,233 individuals) from different areas in the region were affected by Auring. Among the most affected is Surigao del Sur’s capital — Tandag City — which began to experience flooding even before Auring made landfall. About 12,000 individuals have already sought refuge in evacuation centers set up by the Local Government Units.
Volunteers from Pastor Quiboloy’s humanitarian groups prepared thousands of food packs, water gallons, and hygiene kits to help the families cope with their current circumstances.
Through the years, Children’s Joy Foundation, Inc. (CJFI), Sonshine Philippines Movement (SPM), and SMNI have been among the major front-liners in bringing immediate help and relief to disaster and calamity survivors, in response to the Appointed Son’s mandate of helping those in need, particularly destitute families who have lost their homes and their livelihood due to these calamities.
In an interview conducted by Sonshine Media Network International, Pastor Apollo said, “We thank the Almighty Father that we are being used as instruments to help them (the affected families). We also thank the Father for the volunteers who are always ready to help — 24/7 — wherever they are in the country. May you all be blessed.”
Auring (Dujuan) is the Philippines’ first tropical cyclone for 2021.