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Pope Francis Prays For Victims Of Devastating China Floods

Over a million people have been displaced, and at least 63 have been reported dead.

Last week, there was hardly a day that was dry and sunny. Strong winds, heavy rains, and floods was what many experienced around the country, especially in Luzon. And the gloomy weather wasn’t even directly caused by a typhoon inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR). It was caused by the southwest monsoon or hanging habagat.

At least one death was reported on Sunday, July 25, while two more deaths are being verified. According to a report, there were also two dozen landslides occurred throughout the week–with the majority of it happening in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). (Read: 4 Ways To Be Responsible On Social Media During Calamities)

But if you’ve recently seen the news, you would hear that it isn’t just the Philippines that’s experiencing the effects of the rainy season.

China floods

A flood hit Xinxiang City, Henan Province, central China last July 23, 2021. (Photo from AFP)

Over the weekend hundreds of news outlets in and around Asia have reported that Henan province in China had been flooded. In a report, it was stated that the heavy rains had poured a year’s worth of water in Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan. At least one million individuals have been displaced and evacuated, and at least 63 people have died.

Flights were cancelled, roads were blocked, and infrastructure was destroyed due to the rains and flooding. Floods still haven’t subsided, making some parts of the city inaccessible to rescuers and other individuals attempting to go back to their homes.

Pope Francis prays for victims

Pope Francis at the general audience with pilgrims from China in St. Peter’s Square on March 15, 2017. (Photo from Vatican Media)

Even Pope Francis heard of the news from his residence in Rome, which is why he offered a prayer for the victims and rescuers in China.

After the Angelus at St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis expressed his closeness with the people of Henan, who had suffered losses due to the flash floods brought about by the torrential rains that began on July 20.

“I pray for the victims and their families, and express my sympathy and solidarity with all those suffering from this calamity,” the pope said on Sunday.

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