A woman working as a volunteer for Pope Francis’s mass in the Philippines died on Saturday after she was hit by scaffolding in the chest and pinned her to the ground killing her, a church spokesman said.
Francis cut short his trip to a central Philippine island, which he was visiting to meet with survivors of a catastrophic typhoon that killed thousands in the area 14 months ago, because of the storm.
The victim was one of many volunteers helping at the mass for Pope Francis at Tacloban airport, which police said attracted a crowd of about 200,000 people.
The pope celebrated mass amid heavy rain at the airport, then was forced to fly back to the capital Manila four hours earlier than scheduled to avoid the worst of Tropical Storm Mekkhala (Amang).
Mekkhala (Amang)is the first typhoon landed in the Philippines 2015.