15:15 GMT28 July 2021
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    THE VATICAN CITY (Sputnik) - Pope Francis on Thursday expressed his deep sadness over the death and damage caused by the flash floods in western Germany, according to the Holy See.

    Heavy rainfall and floodwater destroyed houses in the states of Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia, killing some 58 people, according to German media. Dozens more are unaccounted for. German Vice-Chancellor Olaf Scholz noted that the extreme weather was the result of climate change.

    "On Thursday evening, a telegram was sent through the Vatican's Secretary of State, Cardinal Parolin to the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Franz-Walter Steinmeier. The telegram says Pope Francis was 'deeply affected' on learning 'the news of the severe storm and floods in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate,'" the Holy See said in a statement.

    It added that the pontiff is praying for all those who have been wounded, are still missing, and whose property has been damaged.

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