South Asia Flooding Death Toll 20 Times Higher Than Harvey; Christians Helping as Diseases Spread


Christian groups are serving as the “hands and feet of Christ” as the death toll from the rains and flooding of South Asia’s monsoon season has risen to 1,400 people, which is nearly 20 times higher than Hurricane Harvey’s death toll of 70.

Affected countries include India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh, with Reuters reporting on Wednesday that besides the 1,400 people killed, thousands of others have been hit by outbreaks of diarrhea, malaria and dengue.

Tens of thousands have been left living in tents, while more than 5.9 millions acres of cropland has been destroyed…. read more

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Hurricane Harvey’s Men, Women, and Children


In crisis, strong men are no longer ‘toxic,’ women protect children, and children are innocent.

On Sunday, as images from Hurricane Harvey stunned the nation, one particular image stuck out for many Americans as indicative of the heroism of Texans in the face of disaster: a picture of a man in a baseball cap carefully carrying a woman through the water; the woman, in turn, holds close a baby curled up on her chest.

The picture struck a chord with many people because it seems so instinctively right: the woman protecting her child, the man protecting the woman, carrying them all through danger.

This is the vision of humanity that carries us through our darkest trials: men as protectors, women as guardians, children as innocents…. read more

Evacuation orders and advisories to 120 000 after record-breaking rain hits Akita, Japan


Evacuation orders and advisories to 120 000 after record-breaking rain hits Akita, JapanSome 120 000 people were ordered or advised to evacuate on Sunday, July 23, 2017 after record-breaking rain hit Japan’s Akita Prefecture, causing floods and landslides.

According to The Japan Times, there have been no injuries reported so far, but JMA warned of more flooding as ‘an active rain front that brought record rain to parts of Akita decided to park itself over the Tohoku region.’

24 000 people from the cities of Yurihonjo, Daisen and Senboku, as well as the town of Misato were ordered to evacuate after it was reported that houses had been flooded and landslides had struck various parts of the prefecture. The storm caused flooding along stretches of the Omono River, while several other rivers were deemed at risk of overflowing their banks. Another 96 000 people in six cities and three towns were advised to evacuate and urged to prepare for floods and landslides… read more

Deadly 600 mm (23.6 in) of rain within 11 hours floods Taiwan, shuts down nuclear plant


Deadly 600 mm (23.6 in) of rain within 11 hours floods Taiwan, shuts down nuclear plantBrutal amounts of rainfall hit northern Taiwan today, June 2, 2017, killing at least 1 person, leaving 2 missing and injuring more than 20. Heavy rain toppled electricity pylon near New Taipei’s Jinshan Nuclear Power Plant, resulting in the automatic shutdown of the plant. The rains have since moved toward the center and south of the island and are expected to continue through the weekend.

Some areas of the affected region saw water surging into cars, homes and businesses after more than 600 mm (23.6 inches) of rain fell in under 11 hours. Channel News Asia reported the body of a female motorcyclist was found after being washed into a ditch in New Taipei City, one of the worst hit areas.

According to the National Fire Agency, two people, one from New Taipei City and the other from the city of Keelung are missing after being swept off, while a road bridge in the area was smashed in half by a swollen river. At least 20 people were hurt in the deluge, including a driver injured when his truck overturned and another man hurt after being buried in a mudslide…. read more

Historic flooding hits Missouri and Arkansas, more heavy rain on the way


Historic flooding hits Missouri and Arkansas, more heavy rain on the wayParts of Missouri and Arkansas are experiencing historic flooding after a powerful storm produced deadly tornadoes, strong winds and heavy rain, leaving at least 20 people dead and dozens injured. Although flooding in some areas already reached historic levels, this event is still not over as another storm is set to drop heavy rain on already soaked Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Illinois and Indiana through the rest of the week.

Hundreds of roads were closed in Missouri, Arkansas and Illinois over the weekend as dangerous weather system rolled in with strong winds and heavy rain. Some areas saw as much as 280 mm (11 inches). The rain caused a sudden rise in rivers, some of which already reached historic levels before the next round of heavy rain hits the region. The nation’s biggest rivers are flooding, too… read more

Video Shows Strangers Rescue Babies From Watery Grave in Texas


It was a scene out of a watery hell: A vehicle flipped over by a flooded Texas highway, good Samaritans trying desperately to pull two trapped babies out, a blaring horn, the crackle of thunder, the desperate cries of rescuers racing against time.

Jaime Martinez, who was heading to a party with a pal on Saturday when he came across the rescue-in-progress, knew just what to do. Thirty years ago, he had been a firefighter in Guatemala, and he never dreamed he would need to tap that training again.

“It was something that I can’t believe happened,” Martinez, 58 and overcome with emotion, told NBC News on Monday. “People were crying, there was a lot of confusion. The parents were still in the car at the time. Everyone was trying to do as much as they could do.”… read more

After Losing Their Homes and Crops to Devastating Peru Floods, Victims Ask for Bibles


Since December last year, the South American nation of Peru has been battered by devastating floods and mudslides amid heavy rains caused by the sudden and abnormal warming of Pacific waters, reports say.

According to the U.S. Agency for International Development, the still continuing severe weather and related natural disasters have affected 1.1 million people. As of April 19, the Peruvian government reported that the disasters have killed more than 110 people, injured over 400 others, and displaced as many as 184,000 people.

The disasters brought about by a local El Nino phenomenon, or the warming of surface sea temperatures in the Pacific, will likely continue along Peru’s northern coast at least through April, a Peruvian scientist told Reuters…. read more

Weather & Other News Updates – California Quake worsen, Tornado in Texas, Colombia landslide, Strange Cloud formation…


California Quake worsen, Tornado in Texas, Colombia landslide, Strange Cloud formation in U.S., Fires ranging in Florida, Flooding in Oklahoma, India droughts, Asteroid passes by, Lawsuit on Climate change and more…