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
Rains claim 67 lives, dozens missing
Rescuers in desperate search for mudslide survivorsTorrential monsoon rain triggered deadly floods in Chittagong Hill Tracts region
- ucanews.com reporters, Chittagong and Bandarban
- June 27, 2012
Local officials said at least 20 people died in ChittagongÂ after five days of rain flooded two-thirds of the city. At one point, a record 40 cm of rain fell in 12 hours.
Downed electric poles are responsible for some deaths, prompting authorities to impose a blackout.
Around 400 people who live in shanties below the hills of Chittagong, the countryâ€™s second largest city,Â were evacuated to prevent further casualties.
Domestic and international flights remain suspended atÂ the city's Shah Amanat Airport, and train services between Dhaka and Chittagong were also cut off when a railway bridge collapsed.
Several people were buried aliveÂ in Ukhiya sub-district near Coxâ€™s BazarÂ when hills collapsed on mud-roof shanties.
In the Chittagong Hill Tracts, at least 32 people died inÂ mudslides sparked by a rush of floodwater from the hills in the Lama and Naikhongchhari sub-districts of Bandarban yesterday.
Rescuers continue to search for survivors and fearÂ the death toll might rise, said Tariqul Islam, the chief government official in the district.
The hilly remote areas are now totally cut off from the district headquarters and other parts of the country.
The rain stopped late yesterday.