The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
-Psalm 19:1

Do you know that God controls the clouds and makes his lightning flash?
-Job 37:15

Monday, September 28, 2009

17" in the Philippines versus 20" in the US

No matter how tough things may get here, with Natural Disasters and what have you, I am so grateful to be in the United States for such things. I've spoken a great deal about the flooding in the Atlanta area, which was caused by up to 20" of steady rain over a short time. Yes, the statistics are tragic, 10 lives claimed, 100's diplaced, many homes, schools, roads and businesses destroyed... but then, I ponder Tropical Storm Ketsana. Tropical Storm Ketsana tore through the Philippines over the weekend, with its 53mph winds and 17" of rain in a mere 12 hours... leaving behind a horrific death toll of 140, with 32 still unaccounted for, more than 451,000 people left homeless (source)... a State of Calamity has been declared. It's a grim scene of complete chaos and loss there.
People wade through a flooded street past stalled vehicles in Malabon City, north of Manila, Philippines, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009. Non-stop overnight rain from Tropical Storm Ketsana has caused massive flooding. (AP Photo/Pat Roque)
A boy carries his brother through waist-deep waters following flooding brought about by Tropical Storm Ketsana Saturday Sept. 26, 2009, in Quezon City. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

The mayor of Cainta, also in Rizal, who was stranded atop a dump truck on a road that was neck-deep in water, told ABS-CBN television by phone that many residents climbed onto roofs to escape.

"The whole town is almost 100 per cent underwater," Mayor Mon Ilagan said.
Let's be mindful in prayer for those impacted by this disaster.



  1. Very sad. And flooding deaths do not get the publicity of tornado deaths. I wonder why that is?

  2. Well said Dew... I was watching this on the news and it was so sad to see how badly they were affected by this storm. I felt ashamed for complaining about getting caught in the rain when walking back from the local shops as the news was on when I got back in.

  3. Yes, it's horrible and I just wonder how many further natural disasters we can expect all over the world. I'm very sorry for all the people affected by this calamity and I wish the recovery would come soon. Although the bad position of the Philippines works for the typhoons to happen very often there, especially during the monsoon season. Julie

  4. Thank you posting.
    I remember your flood safety rules.
    Just a few days ago before.


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