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 kills six in Nepal
Heavy rains cause landslides and fever outbreaksCentral Kathmandu has not escaped the flooding (photo by Chirendra Satyal)
- Chirendra Satyal, Kathmandu
- September 18, 2012
Four members of the same family died when they were buried alive in a landslide today in western Kalikot district and another two people were swept away by rivers swollen by three days of heavy rains.
One victim was a woman in central Tanahu district and the other a man in the far west of Nepal in Dhangadi district.
The death toll was expected to rise as reports continued toÂ come in from remote, mountainous areas, many of which have been cut off by the floods.
Some areas of the country have seen a spate of cases of viral fever, an infection caused by contaminated food and water, which typically follows flooding in developing countries.
Sisters of Charity of Nazareth nun Sister Cecelia Simick, who runs a mobile health clinic around western Surkhet district, said seven people died from viral fever last week.
Meanwhile, a number of areas with new cases had been cut off by the floods, meaning the sick were unable to access treatment.
â€śIt is especially hard for families of sick people,â€ť said Sister Simick.
More than 40 tourists were stranded yesterday in central Gorkha district close to Mount Manaslu after the area was hit by storms.
Helicopters were unable to reach them, the Himalayan Times reported today.
Captain Ryan Rai, a senior pilot for Nepalâ€™s Yeti Airlines, said half of Kathmanduâ€™s 100 daily flights were canceled yesterday, most of which were connections to airstrips higher up in the Himalayas.
â€śAmidst low visibility, many flights are not taking off today too,â€ť he said.
Nepalâ€™s rainy season â€“ which typically starts at the beginning of May and finishes during the last week of September â€“ had produced less rain than usual up to the past few days, according to weather reports from Kathmandu.
Meteorologists have forecast rainfall at twice the seasonal average and continued flooding across the country during the last week of the monsoon, which is due to end on September 23.
Nepal learns to cope in a world without rain