Philippines Hit By The Greatest Floods of 2011, So Far!

posted by Sarah N Worthy IATTWJ Member @ 11:22 AM
December 20, 2011

 Just as I was researching for a blog on massive floods in the United States, the story broke about the worse flood of 2011 on the islands of the Philippines.  These floods from Tropical Storm Washi have killed nearly 1,000 people, and destroyed some 7,000 homes, leaving 40,000 fleeing to evacuation centers.

 While Washi was not necessarily an intense storm, Dr. Jeff Masters meteorologist for explains that “since the rains fell on regions where the natural forest had been illegally logged or converted to pineapple plantations, the heavy rains were able to run off quickly on the relatively barren soils and create devastating flash floods.”

 Because the storm moved swiftly in the middle of the night in an area of the nation that has never been hit with such heavy flooding, and because the tiny island nation has no flood warning system––thousands of residents climbed onto roof tops trying to escape.   Matt Daniels at Earth Sky explains that the unexpectedly high death toll came as “People were swept out to sea while others were buried alive in mudslides due to the higher elevation in the area.”

 The Associated Press reports that morgues there are overflowing, and rescue workers have resorted to quickly prepared mass graves.  And The New York Times stresses that the storm disrupted families that were preparing for Christmas celebrations:  “Christmas trees had been erected in parks in Cagayan de Oro, a popular tourist town, and that residents had begun going to church nightly in preparation for the holidays.” 
 NY Times’ Floyd Whaley also reports: the Philippines “was hit by tropical storm Banyan in October, which killed eight people. In September, two typhoons, Nesat and Nalgae, struck in quick succession and killed more than 100 people.”

 Irish Times reports that “Josephine Dalangin, a resident of Cagayan de Oro, said she and three other residents, including a boy, survived by clinging on a tree trunk for 11 to 12 hours while floating in the sea before they were rescued by a passing boat. I did not feel hunger, I did not feel any thirst. I just prayed to the Lord that the rains, winds and waves would stop.”

 Thus, as they viewed the trappings of holidays washed away by the realities of Global Warming and man’s destruction of nature’s protections, the people of the Philippines learned a lesson that people everywhere must understand: these are not ordinary times.  But as Bible prophecies promise, Mrs. Dalangin and her children were saved because she believes in and prayed to her Savior:  “For this shall every one that is godly pray unto Thee in a time when Thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him (Psalms 32: 6).”

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