Catholics mobilize Myanmar, Thailand quakes

YANGON, Myanmar -- Catholic organizations mobilized to assess damage and casualties caused by an earthquake and aftershocks in northeastern Myanmar and northern Thailand, reported the Asian church news agency UCA News.

A team of five from Karuna Kengtung, the church's charitable agency in the Diocese of Kengtung, arrived on the scene March 25 to collect data, said Daw Rose Mary, executive secretary of Karuna Myanmar Social Services in Yangon.

Others were purchasing food and supplies to take to the quake-affected areas, said a Kengtung Karuna staff member.

A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck Thailand and Myanmar March 24, followed by a magnitude 5.5 aftershock March 25. At least 60 people were dead, mostly in Myanmar.

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