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
New typhoon rocks Philippines
Tens of thousands affected by new flooding, landslidesResidents in Zambales province leave their flooded homes (Photo by Anthony Bayarong)
- ucanews.com reporter, Manila
- August 16, 2012
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said floods and landslides caused by Helen, internationally known as Kai-tak, have affected 40 cities and towns in the Ilocos, Central Luzon and Cordillera regions.
An estimated 19,923 families or 86,741 people have been affected. Many have had to seek refuge in 77 evacuation centers.Â At least seven people have been reported dead with three injured and two missing.
NDRRMC has released a raft of grim statistics on the extent of the damage. When combined with last week's torrential monsoon rains, the death toll stands at 109. Nearly a million families in 175 towns and 36 cities in 17 provinces have been affected, many of them left homeless. There are currently more than 200,000 people still sheltering in evacuation centers.
The estimated damage to property, including infrastructure and agriculture, is more than 3 billion pesos (US$ 228,336 million.)
NDRRMC executive director Benito Ramos said that even though Typhoon Helen has left the country, a red alert still stands in flood-prone areas.
"There is still the risk of water from rivers in the north. It will take eight to 10 hours before it flows down," he said.
Manila battered by floods again