2010- 10 Floods in Thailand
The CTF in Thailand is preparing to respond to the terrible flooding in that country. CTF Thailand has plenty of experience in responding to disasters after helping in the wake of the 2004 Asian Tsunami and the 2008 Cyclone that ravaged Myanmar.
According to the Thai Vice-Provincial, Fr. Paul Cherdchai, the CTF under the leadership of Fr. Pairat and composed of Camillian religious together with hospital staff of the two Camillian Hospitals in Bangkok and Ban Pong will provide medical support in a mission planned for Nov. 24-26. Here is the announcement in Italian:
“Il P. Cherdchai Lertjitlekha avvisa che il nostro Ordine di Camilliani in Thailandia ha ricevuto una richiesta di aiuto da parte della Diochesi di Surathani e si andra’ ad offrire il nostro aiuto alle popolazioni colpite dalle innondazioni con un team di medici ed infermieri dal 24-26 Novembre 2010. Questo team sara’ composto da alcuni Religiosi Camilliani, da volontari dall’ospedale Camillian di Bangkok, S. Camillo di Ban Pong e dal personale medico cattolico del quale si sta interessando ed organizzando il P. Pairat Sriprasert.”
It is good to see that CTF Thailand is mobilzing its resources again. CTF-SOS DRS has been praying for the victims of the flood, and now we will be providing concrete help according our mission of providing medical, pastroral and humanitarian aid.
Asia (Yellow Beads)
Intention – That the Lord Jesus through the intercession of Blessed Nicholas Bunkerd Kitbamrung, the first Thai priest to be beatified, may come to the aid of those affected by flooding in Thailand. May the Lord help all those affected by man-made and natural disasters in Asia.
Disaster (Flooding-Typhoon Megi)(October, 2010) Map of Thailand Extract from Floods devastate Thailand: 56 dead, 30 affected provinces: “The death toll from two weeks of flooding in Thailand in the aftermath of Typhoon Megi has risen to 56 people. About two million and 800 thousand people have been affected by the disaster considered the worst in decades to hit the nation, losing houses, land or livestock. . . . The waters of swollen rivers are threatening to cause flooding in the coming days also in Bangkok, built two meters above sea level and where much of the national river system converges. . . The floods have caused widespread damage in the north-east, large parts of which are submerged under a meter of water. In the ancient capital of Ayuttahaya, 92 elephants used as a tourist attraction were led to safety on a march to the nearby hills.” See ARTICLES: Thailand’s flood death toll hits 17; Bangkok braces for deluge, Thailand: Flood updates, 28 Oct 2010. VIDEOS: Thai floods affect millions, Death toll at 41 in Thailand flooding. In pictures: Thailand floods.
Blessed Nicholas Bunkerd Kitbamrung (the first Thai priest to be beatified) (Memorial: January 12) Extract from Bl. Nicholas Bunkerd Kitbamrung: “While serving as a parish priest, he assisted the religious of the Salesian Order following their arrival in Thailand in 1927, teaching the priests his native tongue and training the seminarians in catechesis. Father Nicholas later labored in northern Thailand and elsewhere in the country to win the conversions of lapsed Catholics. He carried out his ministry under the shadow of an anti-Christian Thai government, which considered Catholics ‘unpatriotic.’ On the morning of January 12, 1941, Father Nicholas rang the church bell to summon parishioners to Sunday Mass. For this simple act he was arrested and sentenced to fifteen years of imprisonment. While in prison, Father Nicholas catechized his fellow prisoners, baptizing 68 of them. Unable to say his breviary, he found his consolation in reciting the rosary.” See PICTURES of Blessed Nicholas Bunkerd Kitbamrung. See also: Blessed Nicholas Bunkerd Kitbamrung (EN), BEATIFICATIONIS SEU DECLARATIONIS MARTYRII SERVI DEI NICOLAI BUNKERD KITBAMRUNG (EN), Nicolás Bunkerd, Beato (SP), Beato Nicola Bunkerd Kitbamrung (IT), BienheureuxNicolas Bunkerd Kitbamrung (FR).