Chennai flood followup: Churches cancel Christmas celebrations so as to serve the victims

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Catholic Churches in Southern parts of India, have cancelled out Christmas celebrations in order to help the flood victims.

In the wake of worst flooding in Chennai for over a century, churches in Indian state, Tamil Nadu have decided to call off Christmas celebrations, so as to use the funds to aid the victims of the flood. The Catholic Church in Chennai not only has cancelled festivities but has urged churches all over India to follow their footsteps, along with supporting them in their relief work.

President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India- Cardinal Baselios mar Cleemis, has urged for unity in response to the disaster. He stated, “The need of the hour calls us to express solidarity with the flood affected suffering families and communities and to contribute our mite for their relief and rehabilitation.”

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Father S J Antonysamy- Vicar general of Madras (Chennai) while talking with media said, “Normally, this is the time for carols. But this year, all our parishes are busy with relief work. The suffering of the people is immense.”

The flooding is so extreme that thus far, more than 270 people across Tamil Nadu have lost lives, while at the same time thousands of people were left homeless. This November, Tamil Nadu received heaviest rainfall for 20 years while December 1 was recorded as the wettest December day in about a century when 12 inches of rain fell. Majority of Tamil Nadu has been inundated under eight feet of water.

While speaking about the recent flooding, India’s environment minister Prakash Javdekar said, “What is happening in
Chennai is the result of what has happened for 150 years in the developed world. That is what has caused 0.8 degrees Celsius temperature rise. And therefore they must now take action more vigorously.”