Filipinos mobilize relief efforts for Dorian victims

Paul Garilao, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 10 2019 11:30 AM

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Filipinos have come together to help those affected by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas, a community leader said.

"We are trying to send them clothes. Kasi yung mga gamit nila nawala. We are trying to send them food and water...mga personal hygiene stuff," said Florita Viterbo, president of the Filipino Association of Bahamas.

Officers and members of the organization packed relief goods to send to fellow Filipinos in affected areas. There are approximately 340 Filipino residents who are living in Abaco and Freeport--islands that have been hit by Dorian, Viterbo said.

Most of the Filipinos there are teachers and caregivers who were evacuated by the Bahamian government, she said.

"Sa Freeport, meron din silang mga bahay na na-wash out totally and a lot of them are safe. But they don't have electricity. They don't have running water," she said. 

Officials said the death toll reached 43 and more than 70,0000 are displaced.

The Filipino-American organizations in Caribbean islands of St. Marteen and Trinidad and Tobago also reached out to Viterbo and are in the process of delivering relief packages to affected residents.
 
The Philippine Embassy in Washington DC has also been coordinating with Filipinos in in the Bahamas in the aftermath of the hurricane.

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