29 January 2013

Seychelles: Province Appeals for Communion Help After Seychelles Storms

Members of the Anglican Communion have been asked to provide prayer and financial support for the Diocese of Seychelles which has been badly hit by flooding due to recent extreme weather.

The Primate and Bishop of Mauritius, Archbishop Ian Ernest, has written to supporters to raise awareness of the crisis--which appears to have been largely ignored by global media--and to ask for assistance.

"Following the natural calamity which has hit the Seychelles in the past days, I am sad to inform you that the country and the diocese have suffered heavy losses from the floods," he wrote. "Church buildings and other important structures have been destroyed. However we give thanks to the Lord as there has been no loss of life.

"I as Archbishop of the Province, therefore, call on your solidarity to sustain the diocese of Seychelles as it strives to recover the loss suffered in the last few days. Your prayerful support and gesture of generosity will be greatly appreciated."

The Seychelles declared a state of emergency on Monday after it was hit by a series of rare floods and landslides in three districts of the main island of Mahe. There are reports of flooding in more than 150 houses and the government, led by president James Michel, has since set up a task force to address the situation.

Seychelles, a former British and French colony, comprises 115 islands with 85,000 inhabitants the majority of whom live on Mahe.

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