Although there is no shortage of difficulties, aid is available albeit hard to distribute because of too few ferries that can reach all the affected islands. Some looters take food; others take televisions, washing machines and jeans. But in some areas, prevention worked. As the Church collects emergency aid and prepares for long-term action, parishes spared by the disaster help those affected by it.
PHILIPPINES - PIME superior in the Philippines Fr Gianni Re notes that not everything is negative, that reconstruction has already begun [AN]
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