Puerto Rico – All Salesians of Don Bosco structures have been hit by Hurricane Maria
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Puerto Rico – All Salesians of Don Bosco structures have been hit by Hurricane Maria
DATE: September 25, 2017 CATEGORY: Emergency, News

Ortorio Don Bosco, CateraThe news of the disaster caused by Hurricane Maria has been distressing. “Puerto Rico under shock for the magnitude of the disaster,” wrote El País, which confirmed what Governor Ricardo Roselló had said: “This is a major disaster. No doubt.” The economic losses will amount to billions of dollars, according to Jennifer González, Puerto Rico representative at the United States Congress, who said: “We have never suffered a devastation like this.” There are no Salesians among the victims, but all Salesian centers in the country have been damaged.

On Friday afternoon, September 22, returning from Santiago de Cuba, Fr Francisco Batista, Provincial of the Antilles – Province to which Puetro Rico’s Salesian centers refer to – was able to communicate with Fr Nicolas Navarro, parish priest of the Church of Mary Help of Christians in the Cantera district in San Juan, the country capital. “There is no structure that has not been hit by the hurricane. Electric poles and telephone service have fallen, as have a large number of trees which were knocked over by the hurricanes,” he commented.Read more »

Mexico – A new, violent earthquake shakes Mexico: Salesians of Don Bosco begin to organize relief
DATE: September 22, 2017 CATEGORY: Emergency, News

b68b3ccfe896ef105681f423d72ff5a9_XL[1]The earthquake bearing a magnitude of 7.1° on the Richter scale that struck Mexico on Tuesday, September 19, has caused hundreds of victims: 217, according to the Civil Protection Service as of this morning, but the number may increase due to the high probability that there are people trapped under collapsed buildings. Mexico’s National Civil Protection Coordinator, Luis Felipe Puente, said the victims numbered 86 in Mexico City, 71 in Morelos, 43 in Puebla, 12 in the State of Mexico, 4 in Guerrero and one in Oaxaca. Unfortunately, following the collapse of the “Enrique Rebsamen” school, there are at least 25 children among the earthquake’s victims. The search for survivors is currently underway.

Shortly after the earthquake, the Provincials of the two Provinces of Mexico, Fr Hugo Orozco Sánchez, of Mexico-Guadalajara (MEM), and Fr Gabino Hernández Paleta, of Mexico-Mexico, sent a statement regarding the status of Salesians and the Salesian centers throughout Mexico, affirming there was no harm to people and that damage to property would be quantified at a later date.Read more »

Freetown flood
DATE: August 18, 2017 CATEGORY: Emergency, News

25Don Bosco Fambul in Freetown is assisting 300 children and young people affected by fatal mudslides in the Regent area of the city as Sierra Leone entered a week-long mourning period for the victims of the flooding that has killed more than 400 people, with fears that the death toll could rise as 600 remain missing. AFP news agency reported on Wednesday that among the dead were at least 105 children.

According to the National Weather Service‘s Climate Prediction CentreSierra Leone had been in the midst of a particularly wet rainy season, with the capital city of Freetown, in the Western Area of the country, experiencing 41 inches (104 cm) of rainfall leading up to the mudslides since July 1, 2017 – nearly tripling the area’s seasonal average. From August 11 to 14, Freetown received three consecutive days of downpours, which led to severe flooding in the city and its surrounding suburbs. Read more »

Peru Emergency: The Salesian Missions Office in Peru supports a national emergency
DATE: March 20, 2017 CATEGORY: Emergency, News

Foto 1-  PiuraPeru is experiencing the negative effects of climate change, in particular due to the torrential rains of recent weeks. This weather phenomenon is causing major emergencies, disasters and floods in Piura (in the north) and other regions of Peru. In recent weeks, heavy rains and landslides (floods with water, stones and mud), hit the southern and central zones, including Lima, the capital. According to official figures the death toll is 62 people and 11 remain missing.

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South Sudan – Famine has been declared and hundreds of families seek help from the Salesians
DATE: March 6, 2017 CATEGORY: Emergency, News

“The image of Ethiopia in 1984, with children emaciated to the extreme, and over a million deaths from lack of food, have remained in the minds of many Westerners as a reminder of a terrible word: famine” – Carlos Laorden.

 “There are cases of deaths from starvation. We do not know how many, because we have no access,” says Luca Russo, Special Adviser to the FAO, referring to the current situation in South Sudan. In this catastrophic situation, the Salesians continue to stay with the people.Read more »

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