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Another Whacky Winter: Freezing and Death in Europe and Asia

posted by Sarah N Worthy IATTWJ Member @ 9:50 AM
February 1, 2012

 We wrote you recently about killer rain and storms attacking the rest of the world.  These storms have been followed by extreme deadly snow storms.  At last count, this winter’s below freezing cold and snow has killed scores of people, injured hundreds, and cut off heating power, thereby driving thousands to shelters.

 News reports still coming in from scattered remote places indicate an unusually harsh winter.  AFP News reports:  “Freezing weather has killed dozens of people in central and eastern Europe over the past few days and temperatures are set to drop even further.”  In some places, temperatures drop below -15F.

 The BBC reports today:  “At least At least 30 people have died in Ukraine and 10 in Poland after heavy snow fall and a drop in temperatures across much of central and Eastern Europe.  Three deaths were also reported in Serbia and one in Bulgaria.”  Such freezing persist in the Czech Republic and other nations in Eastern Europe as “nearly 24,000 people sought refuge in some 1,590 shelters.”

 [Cordova, a small town in Alaska, is the only part of the United States that has had a taste of the type of winter that most of the rest of the world is suffering through.  In that village snow drifts up to 25 feet high have covered homes to such a level that the National Guard has been called up to free trapped citizens.]

 In Kashmir, India, the heaviest cold and snow falls in 20 years have killed at least six people.  AFP News says:  “Snow and freezing temperatures have severed road links, downed electricity and telephone lines, and led to widespread power cuts and water shortages in the restive region of more than 10 million people.”

 AFP further issues warning about South Korea where record low temperatures have forced government officials to order homes and offices not to provide heat at more than 64F.  Fearful that fuel shortages, and shrinking power reserves will lead to power outages, officials have even imposed rolling blackouts of several hours for some two million homes and businesses.

 The situation is so severe that “employees pile on more layers of clothing starting with underwear. To stop shivering at their desks, they use hot packs — air-activated pads for pockets or under vests — and blankets.”  Office workers complain that, because guards check thermostats regularly, “Everyone works wearing a jacket, scarf and gloves because it’s so cold even in the office.”

 We should be grateful that such weather has not come to the lower 48 states, but remember winter is not over yet!  Remember to study your Bible Verse Cards which tell us “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you (1 Thessalonians 5: 18).”  No, God does not send such horrible storms of death, but He wants us to remember to keep our hearts in love, joy and thanksgiving before Him when they do come.  This is the way we defeat Satan, the one who sends all death and destruction (John 10: 10).

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