By Bellah Zulu, ACNS
A bishop in flood-stricken Seychelles has said the Church in that country will be “actively involved in the reconstruction efforts” through “raising funds for building materials.”
Bishop of the Diocese of Seychelles, the Rt Revd James Wong told the Anglican Communion News Service (ACNS) “The situation in Seychelles is very sad and challenging,” he said. “We have so many problems already and the floods have just brought more physical and material difficulty.”
This is understandable considering that the Seychelles’ economy is mainly dependent on tourism which is easily affected by such occurrences.
Reports indicate that up to 350 families have been displaced or remain unsheltered as they wait for their homes to be rehabilitated due to heavy rains and high tides.
Experts are assessing the damage in order to establish the immediate needs of the people and the associated costs.
Bp James said: “Currently, it’s very difficult to quantify the damage.” I am waiting for a report from the government.”
“Some people who have been displaced are staying at the Seychelles Police Academy. The government has asked guesthouses to open their doors and help accommodate stranded victims.”
The Bishop was concerned that the education sector is usually one of the hardest hit sectors during such disasters.
He explained, “Some schools closed for some time and those that are open are asking pupils to carry their own drinking water for fear of water pollution.”
Last week, the Primate and Bishop of Mauritius, Archbishop Ian Ernest asked the Anglican Communion for prayers and financial support. He also wrote to supporters to raise awareness of the crisis.