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Kerala floods brings out compassionate side to humanity

Road submerged in Kerala, India

TORRENTIAL rain may have brought an entire Indian state under water, killing hundreds and leaving thousands stranded, but the people of Kerala have showed awe-inspiring resilience. Kerala’s monsoon season gave way to the state’s worst floods in 100 years, claiming the lives of 445 people and destroying entire properties. More than 220,000 people have been forced to take up refuge ... Read More »

Brisbane priest originally from Kerala says disastrous floods ‘the worst I’ve heard in my whole life’

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INDIAN priests from Kerala, the southern Indian state experiencing the worst floods in 100 years, could only pray from their Brisbane presbyteries as they watched their home state disappear under water. “This is the worst I’ve heard in my whole life,” Yeronga parish priest and Kerala native Fr Josekutty Vadakkel said. Heavy rains and landslides during India’s customary June-July monsoon ... Read More »

Community in Lismore helps Trinity Catholic College in wake of floods

Lismore floods

TRINITY Catholic College principal Marist Brother John Hilet has praised the college community for the spirit it showed in the wake of Lismore’s devastating floods earlier this month. Br Hilet said torrential rain at the start of April from the remnants of Cyclone Debbie produced floodwaters that topped Lismore’s levee bank for the first since it was built 12 years ... Read More »

PNG in food crisis

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IN Papua New Guinea, the rains have come and the drought is over, but the country remains in the grip of crisis. It is estimated about two million people are affected by a lack of food and clean water. Typhoid and skin diseases are rife, malnutrition is on the rise, while in remote areas schools and medical centres have been ... Read More »

Religious community shares in Myanmar’s heartache

Myanmar disaster

THE Salesian religious community is sharing the heartache of more than one million flood victims in Myanmar while one of the order’s houses “miraculously” escaped damage in a field of devastation. Salesian Missions Australian director Br Michael Lynch is appealing for urgent help for those desperately struggling to recover from the devastating floods resulting from Cyclone Komen which struck on ... Read More »

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