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Torrential rain cuts off island parishes
Priests say people running out of supplies, call on government to restore transport linksVillagers erecting a makeshift bridge
- Fransiskus Pongly Seran, Wemer
- April 27, 2011
Areas under Malaka deanery, which has 17 parishes, have been seriously affected, including St. Mary of Fatima Church in Betun, St. Cecilia Church in Kotafoun, St. John the Apostle Church in Webriamata and St. John the Baptist Church in Besikama.
Many people are running out of essential supplies for their daily needs¬† because vital roads and bridges are impassable, according to Father Gerard Herry Fernandes, head of Social Communication in Atambua diocese.
As a result, pastoral communication is extremely difficult in these conditions and many Catholics are unable to attend services.
‚ÄúPastors in the deanery are having a difficult time reaching isolated areas,‚ÄĚ¬†Fr. Fernandes¬†said.
He also¬†urged local government to immediately set about reestablishing transport links.
Paulus Klau, a parishioner, said he and other Catholics in his area had to travel on foot for many hours to attend Easter Mass last week.
He said parishioners are working hard to mend and unblock roads particularly in the Wemer area where ‚Äúland transportation is non-existent.‚ÄĚ