World leaders condole with survivors of 'Vinta'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 26) —  No less than the Pope condoled and prayed for victims of Tropical Storm "Vinta."

"I also wish to assure my prayers to the population of the island of Mindanao, in the Philippines, hit by a storm that has caused numerous victims and destruction," Pope Francis said on Monday  after his Angelus.

"God the merciful welcome the souls of the dead and comfort those who suffer from this calamity. We pray for these people," he added. 

Vinta (international name: Tembin) left at least 164 people dead and 171 others missing in its wake. It hit the Philippines on December 20 and left on Christmas Eve, spawning rains mostly in the Visayas and Mindanao.

READ: NDRRMC: 164 dead, 171 missing due to Typhoon 'Vinta'

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday also extended sympathies to the survivors of the typhoon, as well as to the victims of the fire at the Davao City mall, which has killed at least 37.

"Japan stands with the Philippines in overcoming this time of difficulties," Abe said in a statement.

He added Japan is ready to provide emergency relief goods.

"(We) sincerely pray that the affected areas will recover as quickly as possible," Abe said.

READ: 36 more bodies recovered from Davao City mall fire

The spokesperson of the United Nations Secretary-General, Stéphane Dujarric, also condoled with the typhoon survivors.

"The Secretary-General is saddened to learn of the loss of life and devastation caused by Tropical Storm Tembin in Mindanao. Thousands of people have been displaced. The storm has damaged homes and infrastructure, and landslides remain a threat," Dujarric said in a statement.

The spokesperson said U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres "salutes the efforts of the national rescue and recovery teams."

He added the United Nations is ready to support the local and national authorities in recovery and rehabilitation efforts.