SGI Members in the Philippines and Taiwan Provide Aid After Floods
From August 5-12, heavy downpours in Manila and surrounding areas in the Philippines caused torrential floods, submerging much of the capital underwater. The floods led to numerous fatalities and forced hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate their homes. Many were also affected by power outages.
With relief activities centering around the SGI-Philippines Culture Center in Quezon City, SGI-Philippines leaders and youth members distributed relief goods to people in the area and made efforts to meet with and encourage as many members as possible.
SGI President Daisaku Ikeda also sent a message of encouragement to those affected by the disaster as well as to those engaged in relief activities.
Later in the month, on August 24, the Tian Ping Typhoon assailed Taiwan, flooding areas in the Hengchun Peninsula in the southernmost part of the country. Townships such as Hengchun, Chechang, and Manzhou, were devastated by overflowing water and mud.
Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) assigned Vice General Director Chang Sheng-li to be in charge of flood relief efforts, which began as soon as the road to Hengchun re-opened. Aside from giving encouragement, TSA members assisted the flood victims in removing damaged furniture from their homes and also clearing mud from the streets. Members from Kaohsiung County donated food and drinkable water.
[Adapted from a report from SGI-Philippines and an article in the September 4, 2012, issue of the Harmony Press, Taiwan Soka Association; photo courtesy of Harmony Press]