Rain-soaked pope braves storm to comfort typhoon victims




 
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January 17th, 2015  
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Topic: Rain-soaked pope braves storm to comfort typhoon victims


By Philip Pullella and Manuel Mogato TACLOBAN, Philippines (Reuters) - Pope Francis, wearing a plastic poncho against gusting winds and driving rain, kept a promise on Saturday to comfort survivors of a devastating 2013 typhoon but a new storm forced him to leave early. The pope flew to Tacloban, ground zero of Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the area around Leyte Island 14 months ago, killing at least 6,300 people, leaving a million others homeless and displacing four million. He donned the same type of yellow, transparent poncho worn by the hundreds of thousands of people in the area as tropical storm Mekkhala hit, with wind gusts of up to 130 km/h (80 mph).




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