Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Flooding death toll tops 100
Hundreds of thousands of people left stranded, officials sayFlooding is one of the most common natural disasters in Bangladesh
- by ucanews.com reporter, Dhaka
- June 28, 2012
â€śHeavy rainfall, high tides and runoff from hills have inundated many areas in seven districts. Scores have died in floodwaters, in landslides or been struck by lightning,â€ť said Relief and Rehabilitation Department director general Zahurul Haque.
Officials say 23 people died in Chittagong, the countryâ€™s second largest city, 38 people were confirmed dead in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, while 38 victims were recorded in Coxâ€™s Bazar district.
At least 100 people were still missing, they added
The government has allocated 2.6 million taka (US$ 31,700) and 219 metric tons of grain for flood victims and relief efforts are ongoing in many areas, he added.
Heavy monsoon rains have lashed the low-lying country over the past week washing away hundreds of homes.
â€śWe recorded 463 millimeters of rain in just 24 hours which is the highest in years,â€ť said Bazlur Hossain, an official at the Meteorological Department.
He said further rain is forecast over the next few days.
Around the country, floodwater has forced tens of thousands of people from their homes and cut road and rail links between Dhaka and Chittagong -- the countryâ€™s second largest city -- in the southeast, while links with Sylhet, a major city in the northeast also remain cut..
Disaster control officials said around 150,000 people had beenÂ hit by the floods in the southeast while 100,000 people have ben stranded in northern districts.
Relief supplies from the government and NGOs are getting through to some areas but many victims say they are still awaiting aid.
â€śIâ€™ve been forced to stay on the tin-roof of my flooded house with my three children,â€ť said Forkan Akhter, a flood victim from Anwara sub-district in Chittagong.
â€śWe have run out of food and there is no sign of any aid yet,â€ť she said today.
Anwarul Haque from Sunamgonj district in the northeast said his house has been devastated by flooding and high winds.
â€śWe have no home, no food and we are worried because there has been no help so far,â€ť he said.
Bangladesh, which lies on the worldâ€™s largest river delta, is frequently hit by floods that kill hundreds every year.
Rains claim 67 lives, dozens missing
Caritas Bangladesh seek support for flood victims