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Jean and I are the CAFOD focal points for Christ The King. We try to promote CAFOD’s role within the parish, and an important part of this is providing information that may be useful or helpful to any who wish to find out about CAFOD’s work. We will use this spot on the parish web-site to say a bit more about events or campaigns, or meetings that we have attended, and try to give a picture that’s fuller than can be put in the bulletin or pinned to the noticeboard. We hope you find it interesting and, maybe, useful. We’ll update it weekly or fortnightly and would welcome any thoughts or questions you may have in response – our number is 419439. Mark Wallis

It seems we are surrounded by natural disasters at the moment. Most of the news and pictures are understandably coming from the effects of Hurricane Irma but the impact of the flooding in south Asia continues. It has displaced more than 40 million people and resulted in the deaths of more than 1,200 people. The situation could get worse as the monsoon rains continue across the region.

In India, at least 1,000 people have been killed and more than 1.1 million people have been displaced. A further 30 million have been affected. The floods have also caused massive damage to agricultural land and livestock, impacting 400,000 hectares of crops in Assam alone. 

In Nepal, 159 people been killed by the flooding and landslides. 91,400 families have been displaced and over 192,000 homes have been damaged.

In Bangladesh, nearly one third of the country has been submerged, resulting in the death of more than 140 people, almost 200,000 being displaced and affecting a further 8.2 million people.

Schools, hospitals and other public buildings across all three countries have also been damaged by the floods.

CAFOD have partners in India, Bangladesh and Nepal who are providing urgent support to the most vulnerable and marginalised communities devastated by the floods.

Caritas India has deployed staff to the flood affected areas. It is supporting families by providing temporary accommodation, the distribution of personal hygiene and sanitation kits for women and girls, and psychological support for people who have been affected by the flooding.

Caritas Bangladesh are providing emergency relief support to those affected, including cash transfers so people can buy the basic food and non-food items they need. They are also helping repair and reconstruct damaged houses, and giving training on building safer homes. 

Caritas Nepal are providing flood-affected families with cooked meals as well as dried goods, clean drinking water and temporary shelter.

If you’d like to donate to CAFOD’s South Asia Floods appeal, please follow the links from the home-page of their web-site.












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