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article imageInmates, prison guards skip meals for Philippine flood victims

By Leo Reyes     Dec 29, 2011 in Environment
Prison inmates in the province of Bataan in the Philippines have skipped breakfast the past two days in order to donate their food budget to victims of flash floods in Northern Mindanao.
The inmates were joined by prison guards in their fasting in order to save and donate to the flood victims.
“We were touched by their gesture of not eating their breakfast for two days just to donate for victims of the typhoon so we followed what they did,” said assistant jail warden Inspector Ramon Cantero.
"Even the gifts that they received from their loved ones during Christmas, they also donated it to the typhoon victims," he said.
In Mondoro Province, Governor Alfonso Umali has canceled the traditional party of the province and instead donated the funds to the suffering victims of Tropical Storm Sendong which caused flash floods in low lying areas of Northern Mindanao which killed thousands of people residing near the rivers and streams.
“We will no longer do partying here while there are people in other places who are mourning,” said Umali.
Elsewhere in the country, Christmas and New Year traditional parties have been canceled by concerned groups in order to help thousands of families who lost their homes during the Dec.16 devastation.
Meanwhile, the death toll from flash floods caused by Tropical Storm Sendong has reached nearly 1,500 after several decomposing bodies were found floating in the sea about a hundred kilometers away from the shoreline of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities in Northern Mindanao.
Civil Defense head Benito Ramos said search will continue as long as there are dead bodies being retrieved.
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