ucanews.com reporter, Ho Chi Minh CityUpdated: October 27, 2016 10:26 AM GMT
Bishop Joseph Nguyen Chi Linh and other church officials visit the house of a woman affected by flooding on Oct. 26. (Photo courtesy of Vinh Diocese)
A delegation of Vietnamese bishops have given comfort and relief aid supplies to people affected by floods in central Vietnam.
The delegation from the Vietnamese Catholic bishops' conference led by Bishop Joseph Nguyen Chi Linh visited flood survivors in Ha Tinh and Quang Binh provinces on Oct. 26.
The delegation donated basic supplies and cash totaling 3 billion dong (US$136,000) to Caritas in Vinh Diocese.
The bishops also visited Catholics in Minh Cam parish and Dong Luu subparish, which were among the worst-hit areas.
Bishop Linh, who was elected as president of the Vietnamese bishops' conference at their meeting Oct. 3-7, expressed his communion, solidarity and love for the people and encouraged them to try to overcome their current difficulties and return to normal life.
"I would like to call on benefactors, priests and all God's people at home and abroad to offer help to flood victims so that they can overcome their current situation," Bishop Linh said in a recent appeal.
Flooding from very heavy rainfall brought on by a tropical low pressure system on Oct. 13-16 claimed 29 lives and injured 30 in Ha Tinh, Nghe An, Quang Binh and Quang Tri provinces, according to reports issued by the Department of Natural Disaster Prevention and Control.
Floods damaged over 121,000 houses and destroyed 15,000 hectares of crops. Many hospitals, schools, roads and bridges were also damaged.
Bishop Linh said that many local people lost all their crops overnight and lack basic food, clothes and medicine.
"This is a good opportunity for us to discover Jesus' countenance among other people in the Year of Mercy," he said. "Jesus is among our brothers and sisters who are destitute and waiting for us to save them."
He also urged Catholics to "pray for those killed by the floods to be in God's peace, and for their relatives to return to normal life soon."