Camden Diocese aids typhoon recovery efforts

The Diocese of Camden collected $259,798.38 for recovery efforts in the Philippines, following the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan.
The typhoon swept in from the sea with 195-mile-an-hour winds and a tsunami-like storm surge on Nov. 8, 2013.
As of Jan. 29, more than 6,200 people had died and more than 28,600 were injured in the storm while nearly 1,800 remained missing, according to the Philippines’ National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. More than 4 million people were displaced by the storm.
Damage was set at $877 million by the council.
Two tropical storms swamped parts of the same regions in January, forcing some who lost their homes in November and were living in tents to flee to higher ground again.
When the typhoon hit, Bishop Dennis Sullivan called for a special collection in all parishes of the diocese to collect funds for recovery efforts.
Donations will “support the humanitarian efforts of Catholic Relief Services and for the rebuilding of the infrastructure of the parishes, schools, catechetical centers, clinics, etc. in the dioceses impacted by the storm,” the bishop wrote in a letter to pastors at the time.

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