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Pune Papal Seminary helps collect relief material for Kerala

The collection was done in collaboration with De Nobili College, Pune and other houses of Pune Papal seminary.

 
The seminarians in front of one of the trucks going to Kerala.
Pune: 

Two trucks carrying the relief material from Pune left for Paravur, one of the worst flood-affected areas in southern Kerala state that is reeling under deluge for the past one week.

The collection was done in collaboration with De Nobili College, Pune and other houses of Pune Papal seminary.

The seminarians and others from the campus collected material for the past one week and sorted and packed them ready for transportation to relief camps.

“We were approached by the authorities seeking help, so started collecting materials,” said Jesuit Father Vincent Crasta who works in Papal Seminary
Flash floods and landslides in the past week have killed some 380 people and displaced some 800,000 to relief camps as overflowing rivers ploughed through residential areas washing away homes, farm lands, roads and bridges.

Schools, churches, temples, mosques and seminaries and convents have been converted to relief camps accommodating thousands who have no food, cloth or place to sleep.

Fr Crasta said that one more truck will leave this evening carrying the relief material.

Five seminarians are accompanying the trucks carrying medicines, blankets, towels, toilet articles, candles, cleaning material, biscuits and bed sheets. The seminarians will return immediately after the relief materials are delivered on Sunday.

“The response from local people of Pune has been great, especially because of the use of social media,” said Fathers Vincent and Jacob, who coordinated the activities.

The collection drive also received good support from the Catholic schools, parishes, religious houses, IT professionals, and well wishers of Pune and Mumbai.

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