Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Floods in Philippines and Russia

Dear Friends/Co-sailors,

Please find below links to two news reports that describe the horrific floods that have ravaged parts of Philippines and Russia.  

8 dead as heavy rains pummel flooded Philippines
By Jason Gutierrez (AFP) 
MANILA — More than 200,000 flood-battered residents of the Philippine capital fled their homes on Tuesday as relentless monsoon rains, which have killed eight people, submerged more than half of Manila.
Streets turned into rivers with water rising above two-metres (seven feet) in some parts of the megacity of 12 million people, while vast areas of neighbouring farming regions on the main island of Luzon were also inundated.

Russia evacuates 19,000 from flooded Far East
By Maria Antonova (AFP) 
MOSCOW — Russian authorities have evacuated more than 19,000 people from unprecedented floods that have devastated crops in the country's Far East, officials said Monday, as rescue workers warned of worse to come.
The Amur river rose to record levels in Khabarovsk, a city of 600,000 people, and rain continued to batter the region as authorities sent out bottled water and ran shelters for displaced residents.
More than half the crops in the Amur region have already been damaged by the floods, according to the agriculture ministry.
We pray for the people and wish proper relief and rehabilitation will reach them.  

We are also in solidarity with friends and groups who are working for the affected.

Thanks and regards,


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