In more climate-related news, more than 1,200 people have now died amid historic flooding in Bangladesh, Nepal and India. This year’s monsoon season has brought torrential downpours that have submerged wide swaths of South Asia, destroying tens of thousands of homes, schools and hospitals and affecting up to 40 million people. On Sunday, Pope Francis prayed for the victims of the flooding.
Pope Francis: “Dear brothers and sisters, in the past days, major floods have hit Bangladesh, Nepal and northern India. I express my closeness to the people, and I pray for the victims and those who suffer because of this calamity.”
Scientists have linked increasing rainfall and deadly flooding in South Asia to climate change.