West Virginia's three most devastated counties and possibly others will receive federal assistance after the state's worst flooding in more than a century killed at least 24 people, officials said on Saturday.
President Barack Obama declared a major disaster for West Virginia and ordered federal aid to affected individuals in Kanawha, Greenbrier and Nicholas counties that could include grants for temporary housing, repairs and other programs.
Obama spoke with West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin on Saturday afternoon to give his condolences and make sure the governor has the federal resources he needs, White House spokesman Eric Schultz said. more >>
UPDATE: The number of casualties of the recent West Virginia Flood has reportedly risen to at least 26.
West Virginia Declared Major Disaster
Last week, the state experienced heavy rain and major flooding. Various cities witnessed cars being washed away, people scrambling to safety and power lines failing to deliver electricity. In fact, the flood left more than 20,000 West Virginians without power for several days and in more unfortunate cases, many even lost their homes. more >>
Pink snow or "watermelon snow" in the Arctic has started to surface. Though it's pretty to the eye, experts say its occurrence signals something bad for the environment.
What is Pink Snow?
Pink Snow occurs when green algae absorbs ultraviolet rays, resulting to ice glaciers melting faster. The unusual incident happens in places with high altitude such as the Alps, Arctic and Greenlad. The presence of "watermelon snow" sends an alarming message that climate change could get worse. more >>
Four people have died in Arizona due to the heat wave which has recently hit the United States. More than 30 million people in the country have been warned about extreme heat especially in New Mexico, Arizona and California. There are also wildfires in large areas which have started plaguing the region.
Temperature Continues to Climb
The temperatures on Monday are even higher than previous days. This could be alarming since Sunday recorded 118 degrees Fahrenheit in Phoenix, which forced an airplane to fly back to Texas because of too much heat. more >>
City Harvest Church Pastor Kong Hee has said that relief teams helping victims on the ground in Japan are continuing to share the light of Christ amidst the humanitarian tragedy that has stricken the country following the massive earthquake and violent aftershocks.
Kong said in a Facebook message on Sunday to CHC relief teams helping people in Japan: "Thank you, guys, for working so hard for the Lord Jesus Christ in Japan. We are so grateful and proud of you. Everyone here in CHC Singapore and the Harvest family of churches everywhere are praying for you. Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might."
He provided an update of the various efforts CHC teams have been undertaking in the past week, and said that on Tuesday one of the teams in Kumamoto delivered water, bread, tomatoes, rice balls and basic toiletry supplies to Sakura Hospital in Mashiki, Mashiki Health & Welfare Centre and the suburb of Higashi-ku. more >>
In the upcoming episode of "The Story of God," Morgan Freeman travels to New Orleans to speak to survivors of hurricane Katrina and learn how their Christian faith enabled them to overcome hardship and rebuild their community.
The National Geographic series follows Freeman as he travels to 20 cities in seven different countries in a quest to find answers to the mysteries of faith.
In episode 2 titled "Apocalypse," viewers get a glimpse of the Hollywood actor at Carrollton Avenue Church of Christ in New Orleans with two ministers who are also survivors of the 2005 hurricane that hit the Mississippi Gulf Coast, which led to water levees and flood walls breaking in New Orleans, flooding 80 peecent of the city. more >>