- Mar 6, 2021
Since 2000, hundreds of depressed farmers in Pappachan’s district of Kerala state in India committed suicide. Recent suicides mostly are attributed to hardships caused by recent severe flooding, but earlier ones have been due to factors like crop failure and debt.
The Mexican bishops’ conference called for solidarity Friday with the thousands of people affected by heavy rains and flooding in Sinaloa state, which has been declared in a state of emergency by the authorities.
The Catholic Church has joined relief efforts as unprecedented floods and landslides continue to wreak havoc in India’s Kerala state, killing 75 people within a week.
Heavy rains have caused flooding in northern and north-central Vietnam, and officials of the local Church are encouraging aid for those affected.
As Kenya continues to count and bury their dead from the devastating Nakuru-Solai Dam collapse on May 9, the country’s Catholic bishops have offered their sympathies to the victims and called on all Kenyans to be each other’s keeper in their moment of grief.
While bayous and rivers were rising and falling in Houston, Hurricane Harvey’s outer bands reached into East Texas, smothering Beaumont and Port Arthur with rain. Shortly offshore and downgraded to a tropical storm, Harvey made a second landfall Aug. 30 with more rain, drenching the already soaked region.
Mumbai has seen its worst flooding in over a decade, and so far five deaths have been attributed to the storm. Floods in 2005 led to the deaths of more than 500 people across the city. Monsoon rains have caused flooding across the region, and over 1,200 people have died in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh.
Considering the “cosmic” damage caused by Hurricane Harvey so far, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said Monday, “The people of Houston, I have to say, are rather resilient, but this is really stretching them.” Calling for prayer on behalf of the affected region across the country and around the world, DiNardo said, “I think we have to wake up Jesus in the boat!”