Up to 10,000 died in Libya flood, pope ‘deeply saddened,’ calls for prayers

Up to 10,000 died in Libya flood, pope ‘deeply saddened,’ calls for prayers

Vatican Expresses Condolences for Flooding in Libya

The Vatican extended its condolences to the people of Libya in a telegram sent to Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai, the apostolic nuncio to Libya, on Tuesday. In the message, Pope Francis conveyed his deep sadness over the extensive loss of life and devastation caused by flooding in eastern Libya.

Pope Francis Offers Prayers and Support

The telegram, signed by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, conveyed Pope Francis’s assurances of prayers for the souls of the deceased and for all those grieving the loss of loved ones. The Pope also expressed his spiritual closeness to the injured and those anxiously awaiting news of their missing family members. He extended his heartfelt support and appreciation to the emergency personnel engaged in rescue and relief efforts.

Divine Blessings for All Affected

Pope Francis invoked divine blessings of consolation, strength, and perseverance upon all those affected by this tragic event in Libya. His message reflects the Vatican’s concern for the well-being and recovery of the people impacted by the flooding.

Global Relief Efforts Underway

In response to the disaster, a global relief effort has been initiated. Georgette Gagnon, the assistant secretary-general and humanitarian coordinator for the United Nations’ relief mission in Libya, announced on Twitter that the emergency response team was preparing to provide assistance to local authorities and partners in eastern Libya.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies also reported on Facebook that their responders were actively engaged in delivering aid and support to those affected by the storm. The global community’s collaborative efforts aim to alleviate the suffering and assist the people of Libya in their time of need.

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