Bishops & Kerala laity to aid flood victims

June 23, 2013 by  
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Solidarity with Hindu pilgrims affected by floods

Hindu pilgrims affected by floodsNew Delhi, June 21, 2013: The Bishops’ Conference of India expresses “deep concern” over the devastation caused by floods and landslides that have hit many parts of the State of Uttarakhand and which has produced serious casualties. To date, the toll is about more than 150 people dead and tens of thousands of Hindus affected by torrential rains during a pilgrimage. The police have carried over 30 thousand people to safety, but 50 thousand other are still trapped by landslides.

“It is distressing to know that thousands of pilgrims and villagers are stranded – says Msgr. Albert D’Souza, Secretary General of CBCI, in an official message – and heavy damage is done to many shrines and holy places in Kedarnath and its vicinity. While the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India condoles the death of many victims, it wishes to express its sympathy and solidarity with those thousands of stranded pilgrims and the many people who have lost their houses, shelters and other establishments. ”
Through the diocesan Caritas and NGOs, the Indian Church supports government agencies to provide aid and assistance to victims of floods.

– asianews

Kerala bishops urge to aid flood victims

The bishops have urged the laity to come forward and help the people affected by the natural calamity.


Kerala, June 21, 2013: The Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council (KCBC) has asked Catholics across the state to reach out to the victims of flash floods in Uttarakhand with prayers and resources.

At least some 200 people are reported killed as rescue workers scramble to save tens of thousands of people left stranded by devastating flash floods that lashed the hilly state early this week.

Some 35,000 people have been rescued but another 55,000 people, many of them pilgrims who were visiting the holy places on the banks of river Ganges, remain stranded awaiting rescue teams of army even on Friday evening.

“We express our solidarity, love and deepest sympathy to the families mourning their near ones,” the bishops said in a statement issued on Friday as media reported army recovering 40 more bodies in the holy city of Haridwar.

The bishops also asked to offer special prayers on Sunday for the affected.

Triggered by unusually early and heavy monsoon rains, the floods have swept away buildings, roads and vehicles in the mountainous state.

Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna termed it “Himalayan tsunami” indicating the heavy loss of life and property.

“Very heavy casualties are feared and I cannot give the exact number without a proper survey,” he told media.

The Church leaders in Kerala urged for help. Catholics “should be able to reach out to the victims through our prayers and resources,” said the statement signed by Council president Archbishop Andrews Thazath, vice president Archbishop Francis Kallarackal and joint secretary Archbishop Thomas Mar Koorilos.

– ucan

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