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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Typhoon Mina and Hurricane Irene: the Aftermath

I have noticed that in recent years, typhoons have been very strong and destructive.

Typhoon Mina has caused severe devastation to Northern Philippines with damage calculated to reach more than one billion pesos. Around twenty bridges have been torn down and several road networks are either under water or have been covered with landslides, which isolate towns and cities. Hundreds of hectares of rice fields and vegetation have been destroyed as well. We can expect prices of fruits and vegetables coming from the north to increase in the coming days.

In Baguio, a city in a northern, mountainous province of the Philippines, a garbage dump site has collapsed burying homes below  and killing people due to heavy rains. The scene is indescribably devastating.

Hurricane Irene as well has been very destructive as it hits East Coast USA. It has left millions of households and businesses without electricity. It seems very rare to see a storm hitting the “Big Apple” although, Irene has been downgraded to storm level before it hits New York. The city that never sleeps goes in a temporary hibernation as business and subways have been closed to the public while the famous Times Square has been desolate. New Yorkers might not be that used to see storms hitting them hard.

I hope we could have less destructive storms but I guess, it is all part of nature. The best shield from devastating storms and hurricanes remain to be preparedness. Storms will still devastate but at least we can diminish the destruction to life and property and of course, we should not forget to  pray, it works miracles.


  1. it is so sad to know that these calamities have killed many people.
    btw, thanks for dropping by and leaving comments on my posts :)

  2. I hope we could have less of these kind of calamities in the future. Thanks too for dropping :D

  3. We live in Connecticut. We were kind of lucky. The storm moved to the west of us slightly. We were still without power. Some places will be out for some time.

  4. Hi Russ,
    I hope power will be restored at the soonest possible time... Thanks for dropping by...

  5. While praying for these natural disasters to go away might make us feel better, it won't make them go away. After all, its Yahweh that is now sending them upon us. Perhaps you should read the scriptures regarding: "The Wilderness of Canaan - which is comprised of: Tyre, Edom, Moab, Ammon, and Israel."

    Isaiah 18, 23, and 27; Obadiah; Ezekiel 25, 26, 27, and 28; Amos 1:9-10; etc....

    But of course, why bother, that's impossible.....

  6. Hi Francis, thank you for your comment. I believe storms or hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and like are part of the natural cycle of life; I mean that is how the earth has been created. Now, it depends on our wisdom as to how we are going to adapt to that scientific phenomenons.

    But then again, I believe in the scriptures as well. The pieces of scripture that you've quoted, I think refer to prophetic utterances about disasters that shall come upon the nations.

    However, if you remember Jonah, the Lord has pronounced judgment on Nineveh but when the people have repented, the Lord has withdrawn the judgment. I believe that if the people will come to God in honest repentance, He will spare them from destruction. Besides, Lord Jesus has said that wherever two or three are gathered together in His name, He is there in their midst and whatever they bind on earth will be bound in heaven. Whatever they loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. The Lord will answer the prayer of his saints.

    That's my faith. Thanks again for your comment, Francis! God bless...


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