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Sleepless in flooded Manila

Light rain in the early morning is a welcome treat for Carmelite Father Gilbert Billena every time he goes home to the southern Philippines. However, perfect mornings in his parish in Manila are rare, especially during the rainy season in this tropical country.
 
Monsoon rains are terrifying during the rainy season, said the priest, especially with the seemingly endless downpours causing widespread flooding in the country’s capital.
 

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Floods and landslides inundate Kerala

KOCHI (UCAN): Monsoon rain, pouring down since August 7, triggered flash floods and landslides in India’s Kerala state claiming at least 23 lives, and washing away homes, as government agencies and voluntary groups rushed aid to the area.
 
Army, navy and air force personnel were called in to help police and residents manage the disaster in the worst-affected six districts in the central and northern hilly areas of the southern Indian state.
 

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Church joins calls for Mindanao flood probe

BUTUAN CITY (UCAN): Church leaders in Mindanao have joined calls for an investigation into what caused the devastating floods that displaced thousands of families and killed at least 16 people on February 12.
 
Landslides and floods triggered by heavy rain dumped by tropical depression Sanba (Basyang) displaced at least 37,370 individuals in the southern Philippine region of Caraga.
 
The scale and speed of the flooding took many by surprise.
 

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Philippine Church calls for support for flood victims

MANILA (UCAN): The Church in The Philippines is calling on all parishes to pool their resources to offer assistance to the victims of severe flooding caused by torrential monsoon rains in the southern part of the country in mid-January.

Eleven people, including eight children, have been reported to have died in the surging waters, while thousands of families were forced to flee their homes as heavy rains hit several parts of the Visayas and Mindanao regions.

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Aid reaching Bangladesh flood victims

Dhaka (UCAN): “Floodwater has started to recede as rain has stopped but the suffering of affected people is not over,” Pintu William Gomes, senior manager of the disaster management department at Caritas Bangladesh said.

The floods, the worst in 10 years, were triggered by monsoon rains and a surge of water from upstream India, and have submerged 20 districts and left two million people stranded since late July, according to the state-run Disaster Management Department.

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Sheltering flood victims in Sri Lanka

Colombo (UCAN): Caritas Sri Lanka has come to the assistance of thousands of people affected by floodwaters and landslides that have so far left at least 58 people dead and 132 missing.

Heavy rains have lashed the island nation since the weekend of May 14 and 15, flooding wide scathes of Colombo and large areas of the country’s central region.

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Critics blame logging for Myanmar floods

Mandalay (UCAN): Advocates and politicians from Myanmar’s predominantly Christian, Kachin State have blamed the destruction of hundreds of houses destroyed by floods and landslides in late April on environmental degradation caused by the logging industry.

Steven Tsa Ji, general secretary of Kachin Development Networking Group, said the recent disaster is the result of intensive logging and mining conducted by Chinese companies.

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