Russian patriarch appeals for more help for Serbia

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Russian patriarch appeals for more help for Serbia

MOSCOW -- Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill has offered his condolences and support to the families of the victims of the catastrophic floods in Serbia.

He called on Russians to help collect humanitarian aid for Serbia.

"I wish to send special words to our Serb brothers, and even to Russians on the occasion of this terrible cataclysm that has impacted the Serb people and Serbia. Enormous floods have already taken dozens of human lives. Houses and roads are destroyed, many people lost all they had. These floods remind us of the tragedy of Krymsk. I remember how our people responded to that tragedy by helping others cope with the misfortune and heal their wounds," the Radio Voice of Russia reported the patriarch as saying.

"I wish to express my condolences to all those who lost their loved ones, those close to them, to offer words of comfort and support. I am certain that you, dear brothers and sisters, have the strength to stand up to the water disaster, that you have the strength to recover the peaceful living conditions. We will pray for you and work along with you, so that you may forget the consequences of this terrible calamity as soon as possible," Kirill said.

The Russian Orthodox Church office in Belgrade and the Patriarchate of Moscow have started collecting aid and organizing assistance to alleviate the suffering of the brotherly Serb people, he stated and called on everyone to help the Serbian population, according to RIA Novosti.

Meanwhile, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced that the country has so far airlifted over 100 tons of humanitarian aid to Serbia and has a rescue squad of the Emergency Situations Ministry deployed in the...

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