india cycloneThe following report is from Fr. Wison who spent two weeks at St. John’s last July meeting his counterparts from around the world.

Dear Rev. Fr. Gregory,

Greetings of peace and joy!

I am writing these few lines to update you about the devastating Philine cyclone and the unexpected flood that devastated most part of the Northern Indian Province, especially Gopalpur, Berhampur, Baripada and Balasore. Since the cyclone predictions were accurate and a huge evacuation was done the human casualities were a minimum. But there is a total devastation and destruction in Berhampur, Gopalpur and Baripada. The communication system and the electricity are snapped and it will take months to rectify that. With lots of difficulty today i could reach out to Fr. Joseph Maniangat. He is totally cut off from the rest of the world. All the trees in our properties are destroyed and the all the formation houses remain desolate and it will take lot of time and need huge money to bring to normal condition. We are earnestly praying for them and request you and the confreres prayers and support for them at this time of need, loss and difficulties. Fr. Joseph Maniangat may be able to contact you about a week later and update you.

Kindly keep our brothers of the Northern Province in your prayers.

Fr. C. Wilson, CM
Vincentian Provincialate
#419, Bannimantap II Main “C” Layout
Mysore – 570 015.
Karnataka, India.

Given the difficulties of communication if anyone would like to contact Fr. Wilson please use the contact page at FamVin.