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Catholics dig deep for gale-hit village

Parishioners respond to diocese appeal to help repair damaged homes

Catholics dig deep for gale-hit village
Some of the houses smashed by recent storms reporter, Loikaw

April 29, 2011

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Catholics in Loikaw diocese in the east of the country have been responding to an appealed to provide financial and material aid to villagers whose homes were badly damaged during recent gales. The gales earlier this month tore the roofs off 35 homes in Lawjekhu, a small hamlet of 54 households in a hilly area in Maphrose parish. Many of the villagers also lost the roofs on their barns. Father Celso Ba Shwe, parish priest of Christ the King Cathedral, said thanks to the generous contributions of his parishioners, his parish has raised about US$500 so far. “My parishioners have been amazingly generous in providing support, while others who donated material aid have already gone with my assistant parish priest to offer help in the affected area,” Fr. Ba Shwe said. Earlier, Lokiaw Karuna went to the affected area in the aftermath of the gales. No casualties were reported, but one house was completely destroyed, according to U Fabian the Lokiaw Karuna team leader. "We gave the villagers tarpaulins as a temporary replacement for their roofs," U Fabian said. Regina 81, a parishioner from Loikaw city, said she gave a small donation so the villagers would be able to get permanent roofs for their homes. “It has been raining a lot in recent days so I sympathize with them. It can’t be easy living in a home without a roof,” she said. Another parishioner, Daw Khin Nyunt said she wanted to help the villagers return to a normal life. MY14030
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