Saturday, June 2, 2018

Visit to Cyclone Ockhi Affected Areas

Cyclone Ockhi crossed the sea near Kanyakumari, the southern tip of mainland India, on November 29th 2017, and as a result  it caused heavy human loss, and destruction in the southernmost districts of  Kerala, particularly  in Trivandrum District of Kerala.

Whipped up by cyclonic storm Ockhi lurking off the coast, heavy rain and gale-force winds have pummelled the southern parts of the Kerala  State specially in Trivandrum district have bought normal life to a halt. Squally winds uprooted hundreds of trees, snapped power and communication lines, toppled hoardings, destroyed houses and damaged crops across the southern districts The Air Force and Navy deployed aircraft, helicopters and ships to search and rescue nearly 400  fishermen reported missing after setting out to sea from Thiruvananthapuram. The district administration began preparing to evacuate families from the vulnerable areas along the coast.







Fr.Y  Dyson, Parish Priest Nanthencode, Fr Justin Judin, Parish Priest, St Thomas Church Poonthura  Fr Michal Thomas, BCC Secretary,  Tvm Arch Diocese (Latin rite) & Bro Don Bosco SSVP Sr.Vice President, Tvm Central Council

A relief camp  in Poonthura

National Council President, NCI  Bro. Johnson Varghese,  Bro Sebastian Thomas NCI. Br Zacharias CC President Tvm, Bro Don Bosco Sr Vice President Tvm CC at relief Camp in Poonthura

Hundreds of families in costal area s of Trivandrum  was evacuated overnight to safe shelters after unprecedented sea incursion flooded their homes and then breached the road nearby. As many as 29 people died  and 161 fishermen were still missing after Cyclone Ockhi in Trivandrum Acrhdioces.

 A total of 556 fishermen were also rescued by relief and rescue teams from seas. Distressed family members of missing fishermen blocked the National Highway in Poonthura  and other places in Tiruvanthapuram District.

Society of St Vincent De Paul, National Council President,   Bro. Johnson Varghese,  &  Bro Sebastian Thomas visited the at relief Camp in Poonthura on 7th December, 2017 and held discussions with Fr Justin Judin, Parish Priest, St Thomas Church Poonthura,  Fr. Y  Dyson, Parish Priest Nanthencode, Fr Michal Thomas, BCC Secretary of Trivandrum Arch diocese  (Latin rite) & Bro Zacharias President Trivandrum  Council, Bro Don Bosco, Sr. Vice President, Trivandrum  Central Council and other Vincentians were present on the occasion.



Addressing a press conference here on 5th December, 2017, Vicar-General of  Thiruvananthapuram Archdiocese (Latin rite) Fr. Eugene H. Pereira said a visit by the Prime Minister would instil confidence among the fishing community.

He pointed  out that there was lack of clarity regarding the number of those who were missing. Of the 375 fishermen who had put to sea from Thiruvananthapuram, 162 have returned and around 50 have been found dead. Over 200 were yet to be rescued. Further resources of the Indian Air Force and Navy must be mobilised to bring them ashore.  Moreover, a detailed project proposal must also be submitted to the Centre for a long-lasting solution to deal with the problem of frequent sea erosion that affected the coastal areas in Trivandrum Acrh Diocese. (Latin rite)

His Grace Most Rev. Dr.Soosa Pakiam, M, Archbishop of Trivandrum Acrh Diocese. (Latin rite) Most Rev. Dr. Christudas Rajappan, Auxiliary Bishop, Fr. Eugene H. Pereira Vicar-General of  Trivandrum Archdiocese visited the cyclone affected areas.



Meanwhile Sacred Heart Conference Nanthencode visited the resucued fishermen in General Hospital and distributed financial assistance of Rs 14,000 on the 1st day and and on 2nd day we distributed 75 number of buckets and mugs for  their toilet use.Besides we have vitited Poonthura area twice and planning to help some families in distress, and out members are visiting and effected areas almost every day. The  Vincentians of  Trivandrum Central Council which comes under Trivandrum Acrh Diocese. (Latin rite) are regularly visiting the affected families and consoling them and making efforts to consul the affected families.. Though the effects of  Ochki cyclone is similar to that of  Tsunami  in 2004 so far nothing has been done for the suffering people. The effected people are in a state of shock and it will take a long time to bring them to normalcy of  Trivandrum Central Council which comes under Trivandrum Acrh Diocese. (Latin rite) are regularly visiting the affected families and consoling them. Though the effects of  Ochki cyclone is similar to that of  Tsunami  in 2004 so far nothing has been done for the suffering people. The effected people are in a state of shock and it will take a long time to bring them to normalcy.


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