Pope Francis sends financial aid to three countries affected by crisis

Pope Francis will send nearly a quarter of a million dollars to help people in Haiti, struggling in the aftermath of a deadly earthquake in a global pandemic.

The Vatican Dicastery for Integral Human Development said in a statement on August 24 that the Pope decided to send “an initial contribution” of US $ 235,000 to help earthquake victims during this “phase. emergency “, following the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that struck Haiti. August 14.

At least 2,200 people have died, more than 12,000 others have been injured and nearly 53,000 homes destroyed, according to local authorities.

The donation is meant to be “an immediate expression” of Pope Francis’ “sense of spiritual closeness and fatherly encouragement” to the people there.

The money will be distributed – in collaboration with the Vatican nunciature in Haiti – to the dioceses most affected by the disaster, the dicastery said. It will be in addition to the help sent throughout the Catholic Church through the efforts of Episcopal Conferences and many charitable organizations.

The Pope was also sending around $ 120,000 to the Vietnamese people, who are facing serious hardship due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Vietnam has remained relatively unscathed in previous episodes of the pandemic thanks to border restrictions, quarantines, contact tracing and local lockdowns.

However, Vietnam recorded a record 10,680 daily cases average last week, according to Johns Hopkins.

The country’s 263,543 out of a total of 358,456 infections and 8,296 out of a total of 8,666 deaths from Covid-19 were recorded in the past month.

The Pope has also decided to send $ 69,000 in aid to Bangladesh to help the victims of Cyclone Yaas which struck in May.

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Cyclone Yaas hit southern Bangladesh and eastern India on May 26, killing at least 20 people. It has also displaced some 1.3 million people in Bangladesh and some 10 million in India, according to media reports.

In Bangladesh, the cyclone damaged around 26,000 houses and 1,986 sources of drinking water in nine coastal districts.

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