Cardinal Jose Advincula, archbishop of Manila, called for solidarity with victims of a powerful typhoon that slammed into the country’s main island of Luzon on Sunday evening.
Speaking during Mass at the Manila Cathedral on Monday, the cardinal asked for help to alleviate suffering in areas devastated by the typhoon.
“We unite ourselves in prayer and compassion with our brothers and sisters who are affected by Typhoon Karding,” Cardinal Advincula said in his homily.
The strongest typhoon to hit the country this year hit land in Quezon province’s Burdeos town before nightfall on Sunday, then slightly weakened as it barrelled overnight across the island of Luzon.
Five rescuers were killed while responding to flood-hit villages in Bulacan province’s San Miguel town.
In Zambales, two people were also confirmed dead due to floods.
Caritas Manila appealed for donations for families affected by the typhoon. It said that donations will be used to provide food, hygiene kit, water and other basic necessities.
Other items eyed to aid typhoon victims are family-size tents, blankets, mats, galvanized iron sheets, umbrella nails, sealants, coco lumber, nails, cement, and solar lamps.
To donate to Caritas Manila, visit their website.