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Pope Francis prays for victims of flooding “calamity” in China

After the Angelus, Pope Francis prayed in a special way for the victims of severe floods in Zhengzhou, China, which have killed at least 63 people. 

“In recent days, torrential rains have hit the city of Zhengzhou and Henan Province in China, causing devastating floods. I pray for the victims and their families, and express my sympathy and solidarity with all those who are suffering as a result of this calamity.”

Many were trapped in their vehicles and subway cars while on their way home, waiting to be rescued from the rising water. 

Over a million people remain displaced by floodwaters throughout Henan province, which received nearly a year's worth of rain over three days.