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Latin Catholic Church urges Centre to step up Cyclone Ockhi relief

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Dec 13, 2017, 1:09 am IST
Updated Dec 13, 2017, 1:09 am IST
It wanted a separate fisheries ministry at the centre and a permanent safety mechanism for fishermen.
Flori from Valiyathura shows picture of her nephew Jose who has gone missing in the sea following Ockhi, during a Raj Bhavan march on Monday. (Photo: A.V. MUZAFAR)
 Flori from Valiyathura shows picture of her nephew Jose who has gone missing in the sea following Ockhi, during a Raj Bhavan march on Monday. (Photo: A.V. MUZAFAR)

Thiruvananthapuram: The Latin Catholic Church has sought the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in strengthening the relief operations in the aftermath of cyclone Ockhi. A Church delegation  led by Archbishop M. Soosa Pakiam, which  met Governor P. Sathasivam here on Tuesday, also urged the Prime Minister to visit the affected areas. The delegation submitted a petition to the governor highlighting the Centre’s lapses in mitigating the disaster. It had earlier expressed its disappointment over the state  government’s inadequate response to the calamity. The Church asked the Centre to put in place a permanent mechanism to predict such eventualities and declare  cyclone Ockhi  as a national disaster.

It wanted a separate fisheries ministry at the centre and a permanent safety mechanism for fishermen. There should be efficient coordination among the Kerala State Coastal Area Development Corporation, Marine Enforcement, Coastal Police, Coast Guard and fisheries department. The authorities had  failed to issue timely cyclone warning to the fishermen, it said.   The governor apprised the archbishop about  the steps already taken by the centre, state and the armed forces in the rescue operations.

 

He forwarded the petition to the Prime Minister, Union home minister Rajnath Singh, defence minister Nirmala Seetharaman and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan for further action. The Church submitted to the governor the copies of the  data along with the photographs of those missing in the tragedy. As per its figures, over  300 fishermen were still missing, while the official estimate is 95. Though the meeting was scheduled for Monday, it was postponed after the Raj Bhavan march organised by the Church got delayed. Auxiliary Bishop Christudas Rajappan and Vicar-General Fr Eugene H. Pereira also accompanied the archbishop.

 

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Location: India, Kerala




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