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Cyclone-ravaged southern Africa ‘devastated’ as aid organisations count the cost

LOSS, interruption and destruction – millions of people were desolated after Cyclone Idai hit Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi late last month. Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar president Fr Agbonkhianmeghe Orobator said his thoughts and prayers were with the hundreds who had died and the millions affected. “The Jesuits in Africa and Madagascar join the rest of Africa and the ... Read More »

Devastation from Cyclone Idai ‘getting bigger by the hour’ as its full effect is felt across Mozambique

CYCLONE Idai has wrought “massive disaster” across southern Africa that could affect millions. The cyclone made landfall in Mozambique’s central port city of Beira on March 14, and cut the city off, trapping 500,000 people. Cyclone Idai wreaked havoc – official estimates say it could leave almost a million people in destitution and millions more in dire circumstances. The city’s ... Read More »

Caritas Australia commits thousands of dollars to support Typhoon Tembin survivors

Destruction after Typhoon Tembin

CARITAS Australia has sent $50,000 to assist a region in the Philippines that was thrashed by a tropical cyclone just before Christmas. Typhoon Tembin, also known in the Philippines as Typhoon Vinta, hit the Caraga municipality on the north-eastern section of the island of Mindanao on December 24, leaving at least 267 people dead. Staff and volunteers from Caritas’ international ... Read More »

Army of support lands in Fiji to rebuild communities battered by Cyclone Winston

Combat engineers lending helping hand

BRISBANE-based army engineers have returned from cyclone-ravaged Fiji after a crucial role in the humanitarian and recovery effort operation, Fiji Assist. More than 200 engineers from the Australian Army 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment (2CER) have completed a six-week deployment during which they helped rebuild entire, battered communities. According to the regiment’s chaplain Jesuit Father Bryan Pipins, the Fiji mission was ... Read More »

Help on the way for Fiji

A STATE of disaster remains in place in Fiji after being hit by Cyclone Winston, described as the strongest storm in the southern hemisphere since record-keeping began. The death toll continues to climb with more than 40 dead this week. Last week rescue workers reached remote islands to find entire villages destroyed. The cyclone also wreaked havoc on the Tongan islands of ... Read More »

Rising to the challenge

Steph Lalor of Caritas

AMAZINGLY Steph Lalor’s faith was not shredded by her exposure to the devastation and trauma caused by Tropical Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu last month. Quite the opposite, the Caritas Pacific program manager said. The monster cyclone, the strongest ever recorded to make landfall in the South Pacific, was responsible for 11 deaths and the destruction of more than 75,000 homes ... Read More »

Aid effort begins

By Paul Dobbyn THE resilient people of Vanuatu are on Stephanie Lalor’s mind and in her prayers. The Caritas Australia Pacific Programs manager, a former Port Vila resident, is anxiously awaiting news from her friends as communications return to the cyclone-battered capital of Vanuatu where 90 per cent of buildings have been destroyed. “I still haven’t heard from them and ... Read More »

Assurances of prayers and help

This is a March 6 pastoral letter of Rockhampton Bishop Michael McCarthy in the wake of Cyclone Marcia My Dear People, On Friday, February 20, our diocese was impacted by Tropical Cyclone Marcia.  The cyclone caused a great deal of damage to property and had a significant impact on the delivery of essential services. I am aware that many in ... Read More »

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