India’s monsoon victims: Pope Francis sends message of support
Pope Francis has offered prayers and condolences for victims of monsoon flooding in Southern India, which has left at least 184 people dead.
In a telegram, Cardinal Pietro Parolin said the pope is “deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss of life in the monsoons of recent days in Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat, and mindful of all those who have lost homes and livelihood.”
Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin said Pope Francis is praying for the relief efforts underway and was thinking of those who are suffering.
“His Holiness Pope Francis sends his heartfelt condolences to the relatives of the deceased and injured,” he said.
More than 400,000 people have been displaced by the floods and mudslides, according to the Associated Press. Many of these have taken refuge in relief camps set up in the Indian states of Kerala and Karnataka. Almost half of the reported deaths have occurred in Kerala.
“Upon the nation, he [Pope Francis] willingly invokes the divine blessings of strength and perseverance,” Parolin said.
The monsoon season in Southeast Asia usually lasts from June until September. In 2018, torrential rainfall left over 300 dead and hundreds of thousands homeless, with many left stranded, running out of clean water and food.
Pope Francis sent out a similar message of support in August 2018, with an added request for support from the international community.
Picture: A family wades through a flooded street during heavy rains in New Delhi, India, Aug. 6, 2019. (CNS photo/Adnan Abidi, Reuters)
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