The Catholic Church has intensified its relief operations in the southern Indian state of Kerala ravaged by the worst flood in a century. “The Catholic Church in Kerala is fully involved in overcoming the present crisis,” said Archbishop Andrews Thazhath of Trichur. All the dioceses, religious, parishes and church organizations were fully engaged in the relief operations day and night. Many priests and nuns led several relief camps along with people’s representatives and government officials.

As reported by, His Grace Archbishop Andrews remarked that “We are happy that the affected people have appreciated our relief camps and services, As usual, the media has not given much publicity for the Church activities.” Further, His Excellency added, “I am happy to report that priests, sisters, seminarians and lay church leaders are in the forefront in the rescue works and relief activities. People, irrespective of caste and creed are helping us.”

Trichur archdiocese sent trucks with relief materials to Kuttanad and Wayanad, about two weeks ago. On August 23, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced the winding up of the first stage of rescue operation and the launch of massive cleanup works. He called the flood one of the worst in India’s history.