CHURCH IN INDIA AT THE SERVICE OF THE EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS IN NEPAL The President of the Bishops ' Conference has launched an appeal to all the Catholic clergy and laics to encourage people of goodwill to make voluntary donations

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Caritas India is participating in rescue and recovery operations in Nepal, the country again hit by the earthquake.  For several days now,  Caritas India has been on site participating  in rescue and recovery operations.  The Indian Catholic Church was among the first to express its solidarity with the Nepalese people and offer prayers and condolences to all those who have lost lives and property as a result of the earthquake

On behalf of the Catholic Church in India, I appeal to the conscience of bishops, priests, religious sisters and  encourage the community of the faithful,  institutions and people of good will to make voluntary donations to this humanitarian emergency”. This has been the appeal launched by Cardinal Mar Baselios Cleemis Thottunkal,  President of the Bishops ‘ Conference of India (Cbci), who expressed his solidarity and support to the victims of the earthquake that has struck Nepal.

After the devastating quake of magnitude 7.8 on April 25another of 4.9 magnitude was registered last Friday. An ongoing series of telluric movements of adjustments are shaking the country, terrorizing the population.  It is in this second phase,  that losses and most impressive damage is being recorded, many ancient monuments and sacred places are in fact giving in. In addition to this, the rain has  made it difficult  for relief-aid operations and increased fear of the spreading of diseases. Many people are living outdoors, without any protection “over the head”.  Drinking water supplies are starting to deplete,  and there is especial concern for the children, who would be he most vulnerable to possible epidemics.

NGOs operating in Nepal have also launched an  alert on the risk of human-trafficking due to this situation of misery.  Exploiters seeking young women could pose themselves as rescuers, and go into the devasted areas abducting the girls and forcing the minto prostitution

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