At least 10 people have been reported killed and close to 15,000 families have been displaced in a new round of landslides and flooding that hit Davao de Oro province over the weekend, following the continuous rains spawned by the trough of low pressure area (LPA) that has affected the Davao region since last week.
Even before the region could recover from floods induced by torrential rains in the middle of January, some 400,000 individuals were once again affected by the new calamity that has once again submerged agricultural lands, private properties and roads and bridges.
Provinces in the Davao region are still recovering from an earlier round of flooding and landslides brought about by the shear line last month.
Just before the recent round of landslides and floods brought about by the rains spawned by the trough of the LPA, the provinces of Davao de Oro and Davao Oriental had declared their respective areas under a state of calamity to bring relief to the people and address the trail of destruction left behind by the previous weather phenomenon.
May our prayers for those coping with the aftermath of this natural disaster offer them comfort and hope, and may it remind them as well of God’s loving care.
Psalm 57:1-2 – “Be gracious to me, God, be gracious to me, for my soul takes refuge in You; and in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge until destruction passes by. I will cry to God Most High, to God who accomplishes all things for me.
Please stand as we pray for the affected families of this recent calamity.
- Comfort in Grief: Pray for God’s comfort to envelop those who have lost loved ones in the floods and landslides, offering solace and strength in their time of mourning.
- Protection and Safety: Ask for divine protection over those affected by floods and landslides, shielding them from further harm and danger as they navigate through the aftermath of the disaster.
- Provision of Immediate Needs: Pray for the provision of immediate necessities such as food, clean water, shelter, and medical assistance for flood and landslide victims, ensuring their basic needs are met during this challenging time.
- Strengthening of Resilience: Pray for resilience and endurance among affected communities, empowering them to withstand the adversity they are facing and to persevere in rebuilding their lives and communities.
- Restoration of Livelihoods: Ask for God’s provision and guidance in restoring livelihoods that have been disrupted or destroyed by floods and landslides, enabling individuals and families to regain stability and self-sufficiency.
- Healing and Recovery: Pray for physical, emotional, and psychological healing for those who have been injured or traumatized by the disaster, lifting up their pain and suffering to God for restoration and wholeness.
- Unity and Support: Pray for unity and solidarity among communities, encouraging individuals to come together to support and uplift one another in the midst of hardship, demonstrating the power of love and compassion in times of crisis.
- Wisdom for Authorities: Ask for wisdom and discernment for government officials, first responders, and relief organizations involved in rescue and recovery efforts, guiding their decisions and actions to effectively address the needs of flood and landslide victims.
- Prevention and Mitigation: Pray for wisdom and resources to be allocated towards preventive measures and disaster preparedness initiatives, reducing the risk and impact of future floods and landslides in vulnerable areas.
- Hope and Restoration: Pray for the restoration of hope and faith among flood and landslide victims, reminding them of God’s promises of restoration and renewal, and empowering them to look towards a brighter future despite the challenges they face.
PRAYER: Almighty Father, our spirits are grieved as we witness the suffering and loss experienced by so many in the Davao de Oro province. We lift up to You all those who have been affected—the injured, the displaced, the grieving, and the traumatized.
Lord, in Your boundless mercy, we ask for Your comfort to envelop each person who is grappling with the aftermath of this disaster. May Your presence be felt as a soothing balm to their wounded spirits, bringing peace that surpasses understanding even in the midst of turmoil and despair.
We pray for those who have lost loved ones, asking for Your grace to sustain them in their grief. Surround them with Your love, O God, and remind them that You are near to the brokenhearted, bearing their pain and sorrow as Your own.
We lift up those who have been injured or are struggling with physical and emotional trauma. Bring healing and restoration to their bodies and minds, Lord, and grant them the strength to overcome their adversity with resilience and courage.
For those who have been displaced from their homes and communities, we ask for Your provision and protection. Provide for their immediate needs, O God, and lead them to places of safety and refuge where they can find shelter, sustenance, and support.
We pray for the brave individuals and organizations who are tirelessly working to provide aid and assistance to those in need. Bless their efforts, Lord, and multiply their resources so that they may be a source of hope and relief to many.
As we come together in solidarity with our brothers and sisters who are suffering, may Your love compel us to action. Move our hearts with compassion, O God, and inspire us to extend a helping hand to those who are hurting, showing them Your love in tangible ways.
Above all, Lord, we humbly submit to Your will and Your ways, trusting in Your sovereign power to bring beauty from the ashes and to turn mourning into dancing. May this time of trial ultimately draw us closer to You, deepening our faith and strengthening our bonds of love with one another.
In Your mercy, hear our prayers, O Lord, and bring comfort, healing, and restoration to all who have been affected by this flooding and landslides. In the name of Jesus Christ, our Rock and Redeemer, we pray. Amen.