The district of Surkhet in nepal where Sisters work in ministry was the hardest hit by recent flooding. Eighteen people were killed and 36 others went missing on Aug. 15, 2014 when flash floods triggered by incessant rains for two days swept away scores of houses in various parts of Surkhet.
Sisters living in Surkhet and familiar with the SCN ministries there, share these updates about their relief efforts:
FROM SISTER CECILIA SIMICK, SCN
Dear Sisters and friends,
Many of you are aware of the disaster that struck the district of Surkhet in Nepal recently and the thousands of people are affected. Many have died and so many are still missing, washed away by the flood. I am vary much in touch with the news and reports through Facebook, emails and phone calls. I feel for those who are affected, many who are familiar faces for me, who are suffering at this time. My thoughts and prayers go out to the suffering people of Surkhet.
Our Sisters and the staff of Navjyoti Center are doing their level best to reach out to them. I would just like to share some information Sister Rosita sent to me via email and some of the pictures I have received.
Please continue to pray for Surkhet. Thank you for all your help, support and prayers. May God bless you all.
FROM SISTER ROSITA KAVILPURAYIDATHIL, SCN
We are busy with relief work. The stress is great as we are currently taking care of 20 pregnant/maternal mothers. We are called to carry them to the hospital and back. We receive calls at all hours during the night. People who have taken charge in the past for different things like newborn babies and food for maternity cases are now nowhere to be seen. We are preparing packages for 20 maternal cases and 50 students. Items are decided by the disaster sub-committee.
Some of our photos are appearing on the local television station SungavaTv’s Facebook page.
Roads are gone so the health team is visiting local camps. The displaced are asked to leave the schools as classes have begun. We don’t know where they are to go now.
No homes now exist near the new Korkhe (Chisapani) bridge. Most of the women in our training programs from different villages have lost their livestock and cultivation.
We are being sent seven boxes of used clothes, blankets and bedsheets. Many are having fever, typhoid, or jaundice these days, as water purifiers are not readily available.
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The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth are collecting donations for the relief efforts at SCN ministries in Surkhet. You may donate to the cause at http://www.scnfamily.org/flood.