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LANDSLIDE WIPES OUT SEVERAL CATHOLIC FAMILIES IN SOUTH INDIA

NEW DELHI, Nov 12, 01 (CWNews.com) - Forty people, including 25 members and relatives of a Catholic family and members of another two Catholic families, died in a landslide in the southern Indian state of Kerala Friday night.

The tragedy occurred at the hilly range of Amboory near state capital Trivandrum when the hill collapsed in heavy rains, bringing three houses above and huge trees down onto the house of CD Thomas, burying his family who had gathered there for the betrothal of his son. Among those who died in the house were the son, Thomas' wife, and his married daughter along with her husband and two children and Thomas' brother and his three sons and others.

While Thomas is among only two survivors and is battling for his life in the hospital, the St. George Forane church at Amboory witnessed on Saturday the funeral of nine its parishioners. Bodies of other Catholics were taken to their respective homes up to 100 miles from the town for burial. The Archdiocese of Changanasserry under which Amboory falls observed November 11 as a day of prayer throughout its parishes to mourn victims of the worst landslide in Kerala state's history.

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