Pope offers prayers for flood victims

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MANILA, August 13, 2012— Pope Benedict XVI has expressed his solidarity with the people of the Philippines where torrential floods have killed at least 85 people.

A state of calamities was in effect in several areas in Metro Manila and nearby provinces, a day after rains lashed them, causing severe flooding.

The pope shared his prayers for the victims and all the people hit by recent natural disasters including China and Iran.

“My thoughts at this moment are with the Asian populations, especially those in the Philippines and the People’s Republic of China who have been hit by torrential rain, as well as those of the North-west Iran, hit by violent earthquake,” Benedict XVI said.

The pontiff made the statement yesterday at his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, south of Rome during Angelus prayers.

According to him, the tragedies have caused numerous deaths and injuries, thousands of displaced people and extensive damage.

In the Philippines, incessant downpour set off by seasonal monsoon has left more than 90 towns flooded and displaced around 2 million people.

At least 16 people have also died in China in the wake of a typhoon that has affected 10 provinces, with tens of thousands displaced.

Twin earthquakes Saturday in Iran have claimed over 250 lives and more than 2,000 injured. Over 60 villages have been destroyed and more than 60% of homes levelled.

Twin earthquakes Saturday in Iran have killed over 250 people and left some 2,000 injured.

“I invite you to join me in prayer for those who have lost their lives and for all the people tried by such a devastating disaster. May our solidarity and our support not be lacking to these our brothers and sisters,” the pope added. [CBCPNews]

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