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Aerial photo of Floyd River flooding near Alton, one of many communities under water in northwest Iowa in June 2024.

Sioux City Diocese to hold special collection after devastating Iowa floods

Jun 26, 2024

By Jonah McKeown

Sioux City Bishop Walker Nickless has established a flood victims relief collection to be taken in all diocesan parishes July... Read more

A person attempts to clear away debris from a mudslide as a powerful long-duration atmospheric river storm, the second in less than a week, continues to impact Southern California on Feb. 5, 2024, in Beverly Hills, California.

Catholic Charities seeks donations to offer help amid California flooding, mudslides

Feb 7, 2024

By Jonah McKeown

After four straight days of heavy rain ended on Wednesday, some parts of the L.A. metro area, such as Bel... Read more

People look at the damage caused by flash floods in Derna, eastern Libya, on Sept. 11, 2023.

Floods in Libya reportedly kill up to 10,000; pope ‘deeply saddened,’ offers prayers

Sep 12, 2023

By Daniel Payne

The pope “sends the assurance of his prayers for the souls of the deceased and all who mourn,” said a... Read more

Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California.

Thomas Aquinas College reports minimal damage amid tropical storm, earthquake

Aug 22, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Tropical Storm Hilary made landfall in California as the first such storm to hit the state in 84 years. Read more

Father Alex Troncoso (left) and Father Bernardo Benegas (right) bring in supplies for flood victims in the Maule region of Chile, which experienced devastating floods in June 2023.

Priests lug in supplies to help flood victims in Chile

Jul 21, 2023

By Julieta Villar

Thousands of people had to be evacuated due to the flooding of the Maule River from heavy rains that poured... Read more

Caritas Chile has launched a campaign in support of those affected by recent floods in the central-southern areas of the country.

Caritas Chile launches campaign to aid victims of heavy rains, flooding

Jun 28, 2023

By Julieta Villar

The area has been inundated with heavy rains, causing the Maule River to overflow with at least two deaths and... Read more

Pope Francis at his general audience in St. Peter's Square on May 17, 2023.

Pope Francis offers condolences after 9 die in northern Italy floods

May 18, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Thousands have been evacuated from the worst-hit areas, which include Ravenna, a city famous for its churches’ sixth-century Byzantine mosaics. Read more

Road workers close the access to the 101 Freeway at Olive Mill Road as a result of San Ysidro Creek overflowing due to heavy rainfall in the area on Jan. 9, 2023, in Montecito, California. The town was ordered evacuated on Monday with firefighters warning mudslides could engulf homes. Montecito, a town of about 9,000 people, was expected to get up to eight inches of rain in 24 hours —on hillsides already sodden by weeks of downpours.

California parish faces mudslides, flooding on 5th anniversary of disaster that killed 23 

Jan 10, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Five years ago on Jan. 10, 2018, a massive mudslide caused by similar weather conditions killed nearly two dozen people... Read more

Cardinal Konrad Krajewski visits the Italian island of Ischia Dec. 8, 2022, on behalf of Pope Francis to console victims of recent flooding there.

Cardinal brings spiritual closeness of Pope Francis to flood victims in Italy

Dec 9, 2022

By CNA Staff

Cardinal Konrad Krajewski on Thursday visited the Italian island of Ischia on behalf of Pope Francis to meet with the... Read more

A man walks down a flooded street in the Juana Matos neighborhood of Catano, Puerto Rico, on Sept.19, 2022, after the passage of Hurricane Fiona. Hurricane Fiona smashed into Puerto Rico, knocking out the U.S. island territory's power while dumping torrential rain and wreaking catastrophic damage before making landfall in the Dominican Republic on Sept. 19, 2022.

Catholic Charities to provide aid to Puerto Ricans devastated by Hurricane Fiona

Sep 20, 2022

By Zelda Caldwell, Jonah McKeown

More than a day after Hurricane Fiona dumped 30 inches of rain on Puerto Rico, a million people still do... Read more

A woman carrying a child walks along a street during a heavy rainfall in the flood-hit Dera Allah Yar town in Jaffarabad district, Balochistan province, Pakistan, on Aug. 30, 2022. Aid efforts ramped up across flooded Pakistan to help tens of millions of people affected by relentless monsoon rains that have submerged a third of the country and claimed more than 1,100 lives.

Pakistani Church leaders call for help for flood victims amid national emergency

Aug 30, 2022

By Aftab Alexander Mughal

More than 1,100 people have been killed, and more than 33 million people have been displaced or affected in some... Read more

A stranded family is rescued from the flood waters of the north fork of the Kentucky River in Jackson, Ky., on July 28, 2022. Catholic Charities of Lexington is collaborating with other Christian churches as well as Catholic Charities USA to provide aid to those affected.

Kentucky Catholic Charities coordinates national aid amid devastating floods

Aug 1, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

The Catholic churches in the Diocese of Lexington, Ky., are collaborating with Catholic Charities USA as well as other Christian... Read more

The flag of Colombia.

Bishops ask for contributions to aid flood victims in Colombia

Jul 14, 2022

By Eduardo Berdejo

Torrential winter rains in the departments of Sucre, Córdoba, and Bolívar in northern Colombia have affected thousands of people. Read more

Catholic Charities mobilizes in rain-drenched Southern Louisiana

May 21, 2021

The town of Lake Charles, Louisiana is reeling from more than a foot of rain and widespread flooding that occurred... Read more

Flooding in the Piazza San Marco Nov. 13, 2019 in Venice, Italy.

Record floods in Venice damage St. Mark’s Basilica

Nov 13, 2019

By Courtney Mares

The crypt of St. Mark’s Basilica is left completely flooded Wednesday after Venice’s water levels hit the highest mark in... Read more

Flooding along the Ganges River Aug 21, 2019.

Amid efforts to rebuild, residents of Karala face another round of floods

Aug 23, 2019

Just a year after devastating floods swept through Kerala, India, the state is again facing devastating flooding.  Read more

Residents wade through flood waters in Karachi, Pakistan July 31, 2019.

Amid extreme flooding in Pakistan, Catholic volunteers step up

Aug 8, 2019

A 52-year-old Caritas volunteer helped rescue more than two dozen families from a recent flood in Karachi, Pakistan.  Read more

Flooding in Ahvaz, the capital of Iran's southwestern province of Khuzestan.

Pope Francis sends 100,000 euros for flood relief in Iran

Apr 12, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

In the wake of massive flooding in Iran, Pope Francis has sent 100,000 euros (about $113,000) for emergency aid.  Read more

Flooding in Bellevue, Nebraska, March 2019.

Amid continued Midwest flooding, Catholic groups step up to help

Mar 20, 2019

As devastating flood waters continue to rise in parts of the Midwest, Catholics are working to raise funds for both... Read more

Flooding in Manila on Aug. 12, 2018.

Cardinal Tagle: Flood victims can find support in Catholic Church

Aug 14, 2018

Catholic parishes and assistance centers are ready to help victims of storms and major floods in the Manila area, said... Read more