Pope Benedict XVI has called for sustained relief efforts for those left homeless or isolated by flooding in four countries including Sri Lanka.
The Pope told pilgrims in St. Peter's Square Sunday that he was praying for people in Australia, Brazil, the Philippines and Sri Lanka who are suffering because of "devastating" flooding.
“May the Lord accept the souls of the dead, give strength to displaced persons and support the efforts of those who are doing their utmost to alleviate suffering and hardship," quoting the Pope, Asianews reported.
He prayed that those helping the people will keep up their relief efforts, The Associated Press reported.
Australia has seen some of its worst flooding in 100 years; mudslides in Brazil have killed more than 600 people, and floods in Sri Lanka have left hundreds of thousands homeless. The Philippines has also been battered by bad weather for weeks.