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
Manila battered by floods again
Half of city under water; downpour may last for daysA resident crosses a flooded street in Olongapo City on Tuesday (Photo by Anthony Bayarong)
- Joe Torres, Manila
- August 7, 2012
The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration declared a red alert yesterday evening after nearby dams and rivers overflowed. At least 50 percent of Metro Manila is inundated and the capital is effectively paralyzed.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council says the combined death toll from last week's typhoon Saola and the monsoon rain that started on Sunday has climbed to 53.
Five people have been reported missing with 35 injured and about a million people in 35 provinces affected by the flooding.
The government suspended work and classes in the metropolitan area and surrounding provinces of Zambales, Bataan, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal and Bulacan.
As of noon today, the weather bureau warned of more heavy to intense rain to come, with the red alert over Metro Manila still in place. Residents have been asked to remain vigilant and take precautionary measures.
Enhanced by tropical storm Haikui 300 km northeast of Taiwan, the monsoon rains are expected to last Â until Thursday.
Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman said there are already 100 evacuation centers in 11 regions affected by monsoon rain, 42 of them in the National Capital Region.
The Health Department has issued a "Code Blue" alert, with medical personnel on 24-hour standby and hospitals and community health units readied for an influx of casualties.
The Manila Electric Co. has cut off power in some parts of the city.
Damage to property and agriculture has been estimated at P411.8 million (US$9.86 million). At least 1,246 houses have been destroyed while 6,609 have been damaged.
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