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Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019

Pope appeals to international community to help flood victims in Kerala

Pope Francis led the crowds gathered at St Peter’s Square in prayer for those suffering from “this great calamity.”

world Updated: Aug 20, 2018 08:46 IST
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Pope Francis prayed for the victims of the flooding at St Peter’s Square, the Vatican News reported.
Pope Francis prayed for the victims of the flooding at St Peter’s Square, the Vatican News reported.(AFP)
         

Pope Francis on Sunday appealed to the international community to provide “concrete support” to tens of thousands of flood victims in Kerala, calling the deluge a “great calamity”.

Pope Francis prayed for the victims of the flooding at St Peter’s Square, the Vatican News reported.

“The inhabitants of Kerala have been harshly struck by intense rains, which have caused flooding and landslides, with heavy loss of human life, with many people missing and displaced, with extensive damage to crops and homes,” he said.

He voiced his hopes that “these brothers and sisters” would be supported by “our solidarity, and by concrete support from the international community”.

 

He expressed his closeness to the Catholic Church in Kerala, “which is at the forefront of efforts to bring aid to the population.”

Pope Francis then led the crowds gathered at St Peter’s Square in prayer for those suffering from “this great calamity.”

Nearly 200 people have been killed since August 8 in the state’s worst floods in a century while over 3.14 lakh people have been moved to relief camps.

 

TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE KERALA GOVERNMENT’S RELIEF FUND:
Account number: 67319948232
Bank: State Bank of India
Branch: City branch, Thiruvananthapuram
IFS Code: SBIN0070028
PAN: AAAGD0584M
Name of Donee: CMDRF
Kerala helpline numbers
Kasargode: +91 9446601700
Kannur: +91 944 6682300
Kozhikode: +91 944 6538900
Wayanad: +91 807 8409770
Malappuram: +91 938 3463212
Malappuram: +91 938 3464212
Thrissur: +91 944 7074424
Thrissur: +91 487 2363424
Palakkad: +91 8301803282
Ernakulam: +91 790 2200400
Ernakulam: +91 790 2200300
Alappuzha: +91 477 2238630
Alappuzha: +91 949 5003630
Alappuzha: +91 949 5003640
Idukki: +91 906 1566111
Idukki: +91 938 3463036
Kottayam: +91 944 6562236
Kottayam: +91 944 6562236
Pathanamthitta: +91 807 8808915
Kollam: +91 944 7677800
Thiruvananthapuram: +91 949 7711281