By Guest Indiana
Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones said this afternoon search and rescue efforts today in the Beauregard community have so far not revealed any more fatalities from Sunday’s tornadoes, with the death toll standing at 23, but Jones said “dozens” of people are still unaccounted for.
“The search teams have worked the areas of the most significant damage,” Jones said. "I am pleased to report we have not recovered any further victims from the areas that we have initially searched. But I want to offer a caveat with that, that we have not completed our searches."
The tornado ravaged a small neighborhood in Smiths Station on Lee County 430, where Greg Molinari and many of his neighbors sorted through the damage on Monday morning. Molinari was upbeat even though his home was destroyed. He said he and his wife, Susan, survived the storm because they took his daughter-in-law’s advice and put large cooking pots over their heads as makeshift helmets.
“The sirens were going off quite frequently and we said we better take this very seriously. That was about three o’clock,” Molinari said.
“And my wife and I received a text from my daughter in law. She said get in the bathroom and put pots on your head. Well, the bathroom wasn’t a great idea because it’s an exterior wall. But we went in the hallway, which is a small, confined area here. And we did put big cooking pots over our head. Saved our lives. The ceiling crashed in on us.”
The tornado ripped the roof off Molinari’s house.
“And we were trapped in there,” Molinari said. “We couldn’t get out even though we were OK. Our neighbor across the street here, he came screaming over, ‘Is anybody in there? Is anybody in there?’ We said, ‘Yeah. We can’t get out.’ He dug us out.”
Molinari said he and his wife then rode out the storm at the neighbor’s house.
“Him and his wife, his daughter and his dog and us, we all hunkered down in there," Molinari said.
Molinari said another neighbor he didn’t know helped in their rescue.
Molinari said he had reason to be positive despite the disaster.
“We have a very strong faith," Molinari said. "We’re Jehovah’s Witnesses. Our God Jehovah takes care of us. We believe he helped to protect us. He’ll also help us recover from all this.”
Read more: https://www.al.com/news/2019/03/lee-county-alabama-tornadoes-many-are-still-missing.html
By Guest Nicole
PARAISO, Barahona.- Un muerto y un herido fue el saldo de un choque entre dos motocicletas que eran conducidas por dos haitianos, prÃ³ximo al sector El Play de esta localidad.
El muerto fue identificado como Emmanuel GermÃ³, 47 aÃ±os, quien pertenecÃa a Los Testigos de JehovÃ¡ de esta localidad. FalleciÃ³ a consecuencia de politraumatismo.
El herido es un menor de 17 aÃ±os, de la misma nacionalidad, quien fue conducido junto al cadÃ¡ver al hospital Amor Al PrÃ³jimo de ParaÃso (PAP), donde acudiÃ³ una muchedumbre familia del fallecido, la cual intentÃ³ lincharlo.
La matanza no se materializÃ³ en el propio centro mÃ©dico por la rÃ¡pida intervenciÃ³n del supervisor de la zona costera de la PolicÃa Nacional, capitÃ¡n JosÃ© Dolores RuÃz (Chino) y los agentes bajo su responsabilidad que frustraron la acciÃ³n vandÃ¡lica. El extranjero fue trasladado a la ciudad de Barahona.
SegÃºn la PN, el accidente se produjo porque una de las motocicletas carecÃa de iluminaciÃ³n.
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A tropical storm that killed at least 22 people in Central America is now forecast to strengthen into a hurricane over the weekend before roaring ashore in New Orleans.
Hurricane watches and warnings were already in effect for coastal areas of four southeastern U.S. states, including metropolitan New Orleans, according to the National Hurricane Center. Tropical storm warnings have extended into central Alabama, Mississippi, northern Georgia -- including Atlanta -- and the western panhandle of Florida.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency on Thursday as the state braces for a direct hit. Edwards mobilized 1,300 National Guard troops, with 15 going to New Orleans to monitor the troubled pump and drainage system there.
In a press conference Friday afternoon, Edwards instructed Louisianans in affected areas to gather supplies now and be positioned to hunker down by 8 p.m. Saturday.
Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/US/tropical-storm-nate-pounds-central-america-set-hit/story?id=50323890
By Guest Nicole
Impact of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico, public power supply devastated
PUERTO RICO Besides injury, not one of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Puerto Rico were affected by what has been described as the most devastating Hurricane in the history of the Carribean.
Hurricane Maria which made land fall in Puerto Rico as a category 4 storm killed 16 people, Governor Ricardo Rosello of Puerto Rico has said. The hurricane disrupted communication and power supply, effectively cutting off Puerto Rico from civilisation.
Insured loses is currently put at about $40 to $85 billion. But despite this devastation, Jehovah, their God preserved his people alive. Only one person was injured, the JWs said inna statement.
Â“As of September 25, 2017, information from 15 of the 19 circuit overseers in Puerto Rico has been received and only one injury has been reported among our brothers as a result of Hurricane Maria.
Â“We have yet to receive updates from the four circuit overseers on the west side of the island, since communication has not been possible. Brothers from nearby circuits have been acquiring motorbikes and all-terrain vehicles in order to travel to the west side to assess the situationÂ”, they said, adding Â“We continue to keep our dear brothers and sisters in our prayers.Â—James 5:16Â”.
September 9 2017
? California is on fire.
?Â Oregon is on fire.
?Â Washington is on fire.
?Â British Columbia is on fire.
?Â Alberta is on fire
?Â Montana is on fire.
?Â Nova Scotia is on fire.
?Â Greece is on fire.
?Â Brazil is on fire.
?Â Portugal is on fire.
?Â Algeria is on fire.
?Â Tunisia is on fire.
?Â Greenland is on fire.
?Â The Sakha Republic of Russia is on fire.
?Â Siberia is on fire.
??Texas is under water
??Â India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, experience record monsoons and massive death toll.
??Â Sierra Leone and Niger experienced massive floods, mudslides, and deaths in the thousands.
?Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Bosnia, Croatia, and Serbia are crushed in the death grip of a triple digit heat wave, dubbed Lucifer.
?Southern California continues to swelter under triple digit heat that shows no sign of letting up.
?In usually chilly August, the city of San Francisco shatters all-time record at 106 degrees, while it reaches 115 degrees south of the city. Northern California continues to bake in the triple digits.
((?)) Yellowstone volcano is hit with earthquake swarm of over 2,300 tremors since June, recording a 4.4 quake on June 15, 2017 and 3.3 quake on August 21, 2017.
((?)) 5.3 earthquake rumbles through Idaho
((?)) Japan earthquake 6.1 possible tsunami.
((?)) Mexico earthquake 8.2 imminent tsunami. Beach lines are receded at least 50+ meters
?Hurricanes Harvey, Irma (biggest ever recorded), Jose and Katia are barreling around the Atlantic with 8 more potentials forming.
And last but not least an X10 C.M.E solar flare last night . The highest recorded solar flare ever!
All these disasters can batter us but never break us, if we stay loyal and faithful to Jehovah. Are we prepared for a natural disaster?
Read this article for some comforting news:<<<click
Thanks to "Grieving Tho Comforted With Jesus"-page.
By Guest Nicole
Estimates of Harvey’s cost vary, withÂ someÂ predicting that the storm will be the most expensive in U.S. history at over $190 billion, surpassing Hurricane Katrina. (The National Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationÂ estimatesKatrina to have cost around $160 billion.) If that ends up being the case, it would greatly increase the total cost of billion-dollar-plus events since 1980.Â OthersÂ predict that the cost will be closer to that of Superstorm Sandy, at around $70-90 billion.
Read more:Â https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/hurricane-harveys-impact-and-how-it-compares-to-other-storms/
By Guest Nicole
TRANSCRIPCIÓN-Haití hace frente al huracán Matthew.pdf
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The ongoing relief efforts are scheduled to finish sometime in June 2017.
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Jehovah’s Witnesses are involved in ongoing relief work to repair hundreds of homes following a devastating typhoon that struck the Philippines at the end of 2016.
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Hundreds of people where killed in the mudslide but only the three were members of the JW. However, five JW families also lost their homes.
A statement from the headquarters in New York revealed that Jehovah’s Witnesses have begun relief work to provide food, potable water, gasoline, and lodging to victims, and providing spiritual support.
“The branch office is continuing to monitor the situation and support the ongoing relief efforts”, the statement said.
See full statement below.
“During the early morning hours of Saturday, April 1, 2017, three rivers overflowed near the city of Mocoa, the capital of the Colombian province Putumayo, causing devastating mudslides that killed hundreds.
“Unfortunately, the Colombia branch office of Jehovah’s Witnesses reports that two of Jehovah’s Witnesses died in the disaster and one other is missing.
“Additionally, five Witness families lost their homes. Jehovah’s Witnesses have begun relief work to provide food, potable water, gasoline, and lodging to victims, and Witness elders are providing spiritual support. The branch office is continuing to monitor the situation and support the ongoing relief efforts”.
By Guest Nicole
By DENISE MAYCOCK
#Tribune Freeport Reporter
#JEHOVAH’S Witnesses from the United States are in Grand Bahama helping their fellow members who were affected by Hurricane Matthew.
#Volunteers from Florida and other parts of the US were out with local members in Freeport helping with roof repairs to homes damaged by the storm last October.
#Misael Morales, who is from the Miami area, said that teams of volunteers are in The Bahamas working between Nassau, Freeport, Exuma, Long Island, and Andros.
#“We have about over 330 homes of our brothers and sisters that were affected by Hurricane Matthew, and JW do a lot of disaster relief. When we heard that our friends needed assistance here, literally folks from around the US were asking when can they go to help,” he said.
#The Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses has coordinated extensive relief efforts following the passage of Hurricane Matthew to assist its members in The Bahamas, the Caribbean, and the southeastern US in early October 2016.
#Mr Morales said that volunteers have been coming from the US weeks at a time to assist with relief efforts in The Bahamas.
#“Some are here for a few months…and about 120 at any given time are working between Freeport, Nassau, Exuma, Long Island, and Andros. We have seen typical hurricane damage - roof damage and interior damage from storm surge,” he said.
#In Grand Bahama, the team will be working on about 60 to 65 homes in Freeport. The three Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Halls also sustained roof damage and will be replaced.
#Mr Morales expects the team to be finished its work by the end of March. They will work on six to seven homes per week in Freeport.
#He said that wherever there is a need Jehovah’s Witnesses are willing to help.
#“We consider this part of our ministry. JW is well known for our door to door work, that is our core competency to educate others about God. We also feel that it is not just helping people to get to know God, but to understand that this is how He takes care of His people,” he said.
#Mr Morales said the volunteers have taken time off work to help their fellow Jehovah’s Witnesses in The Bahamas.
#“They paid their way to come here to go work on someone’s roof they don’t know just because they say they are Jehovah’s Witnesses as well - that is love,” he said.
By Guest Nicole
These pioneers died on November 22 after the collapse caused by Tropical Storm Otto in Panama
By Guest Nicole
SIXTY-seven-year old Soloveni Turogo and his wife, Amelia, are proud owners of a three-bedroom cyclone-proof home, complete with an adjacent kitchen and bathroom, thanks to a group of volunteers who descended on their Delakavula settlement in northern Viti Levu for three months to live and rebuild their home for free.
The elderly couple, who live with their children and grandchildren in this largely sugarcane growing village, attend the local Christian Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses at Dobuilevu, located along the Kings Rd, about 30 kilometres from Rakiraki town.
They, together with 16 other families in the area who lost their homes during Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston last February, are now proud owners of new houses built from floor to roof by a team of builders and helpers comprising local as well as overseas-based volunteers.
None of these volunteers got paid for their efforts, nor were the owners of the homes ranging one to two and three bedroom houses paid a single cent. The builders arrived with their own tents to sleep in, and food, which they happily shared with their local hosts.
Volunteers like Ryan Herman and his wife, who were in New Zealand when they heard of the devastation Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston caused in Fiji. The couple was also involved in similar rehabilitation work in the Philippines, as well as in Vanuatu.
At the height of the church's reconstruction project, some 18 volunteers, some of them couples, travelled to Fiji from Australia, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, the US and Vanuatu. They all paid for their own return travel.
In addition to assisting with the rebuilding of 17 homes in Dobuilevu, church volunteers have also completed 14 new cyclone-proof homes for church members on Koro in Lomaiviti. A group of builders and helpers spent three months on Koro. Building of these homes, comprising corrugated iron walls and concrete or timber floors continued this month at Nayawalevu, in the hinterlands of Ra Province, Ba, Tavua, Tailevu, Ovalau and Vanuabalavu in Lau Province.
"Straight after Cyclone Winston struck, our team of volunteers visited our brothers and sisters who were badly affected," explains Frank Coffin, co-ordinator of the local branch of Jehovah's Witnesses of Fiji.
"In their visits to Vanuabalavu, Taveuni, Koro, Ovalau and the northern and western regions of Viti Levu, not only were emergency supplies of food, water, clothing and temporary shelter distributed, but our teams also carried out assessments of the damage.
"This set the stage for the second phase of our assistance, where teams of local builders were dispatched to affected areas to carry out immediate repairs to homes that needed repairing. This has also been completed and now the team is into the third phase, which is the construction of homes for about 60 families in the cyclone ravaged regions."
For home construction, the church has commandeered half of the local Kingdom Hall compound in Vatuwaqa, near Suva, to act as the central home construction site.
A team of 25 volunteers constructed prefab homes at this site.
Once completed, these home frames are trucked to the building sites where teams of volunteers help erect the houses in no time. The entire reconstruction program from the design of the home phase to construction has all been done on a voluntary basis. Building engineers were consulted in the designs of the houses to make them strong and secure.
"It's quite a full-on operation, requiring constant co-ordination and management," says Mr Coffin.
"As to be expected sourcing housing materials has been a huge challenge, but with persistence and patience, assistance by various government departments, and not to mention Jehovah God's blessings, our teams are well on their way to providing a good strong and safe home for those who need them."
Materials for a one bedroom home is estimated to cost $US5500 ($F11,300) while a three bedroom house is costing US$10,000 ($F20,580), with funding provided through voluntary contributions by the church's world headquarters in Brooklyn, New York.
Mr Coffin added that some of the families affected badly and had initially applied for the Fijian Government's Help for Home initiative, have returned their M-Paisa cards to the Ministry of Social Welfare and Poverty Alleviation.
"It is a loving gesture on the part of these members who were left homeless by TC Winston, as returning their M-Paisa cards would allow the Fijian Government to offer assistance to a lot more people who also needed help.
"We are also so grateful to our many brothers and sisters from overseas who answered our call for help, and gave of their own time, skills and resources to fly to Fiji at their own cost, to help us in our time of need.
"I speak on behalf of my brothers and sisters in Fiji, especially the hundreds of families among us who lost their homes and livelihood during Cyclone Winston in thanking the loving support and oversight from our governing body in the United States and the blessings and comfort of the God we serve, Jehovah."
* CORRECTION: A picture that appeared on Page 5 of our 8-page Winston liftout last week stated that it was a house being built by Habitat for Humanity. The house is in fact being built by volunteers and members of local Christian Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. We regret any inconvenience caused.
By Guest Nicole
Por favor oremos por nuestros hermanos y hermanas en Haití después del huracán Mateo. Durante tres días no podríamos haber ninguna noticia de ellos, porque no había ningún servicio de telefonía celular en la parte sur del país. Ayer por la noche finalmente recibimos la noticia de que nadie murió, pero casi todas las casas de Camp-Perrin se destruye. En la foto es su Salón del Reino. La azotea se ha ido, dejando todo en su interior mojado y roto.
El poderoso huracán Matthew deja Cuba y se dirige a Bahamas y Florida tras su devastador paso por HaitíBy Guest Nicole
El huracán Matthew, el más poderoso del Atlántico en casi una década, dejó atrás la isla de Cuba y continúa curso rumbo a Bahamas y después a Florida, Estados Unidos.
Matthew, ahora de categoría 3, tocó tierra en el extremo este de Cuba a última hora de la tarde del martes después de haber golpeado fuertemente República Dominicana, donde dejó cuatro muertos, y Haití, donde el saldo provisional es de cinco muertos, 14.000 desplazados y severos daños materiales.
A territorio cubano, Matthew llegó como huracán de categoría 4. El ojo de la tormenta entró por Punta Caleta, en la provincia de Guantánamo, el martes a las 6 de la tarde y se mantuvo estacionario durante varias horas hasta que salió de la isla esta madrugada.
Al dejar Cuba, las ráfagas bajaron a 215 km/h, aunque seguía siendo considerado de categoría 4. Los vientos huracanados se extienden a lo largo de 75 km alrededor del ojo.
Se espera que Matthew siga en dirección norte durante las próximas horas y que el miércoles gire hacia el noroeste. Este jueves atravesará Bahamas y se espera que durante la noche pase "muy cerca" de la costa este de Florida.
El Centro Nacional de Huracanes de Estados Unidos amplió las zonas de la península de Florida que considera en peligro de sufrir vientos huracanados el jueves.
El paso por Haití y República Dominicana
Además de dejar cuatro muertos, el huracán Matthew provocó daños en al menos 200 viviendas en República Dominicana, dijeron funcionarios después de que la tormenta sacudiera la isla que el país comparte con Haití.
Las autoridades dominicanas se vieron obligados a evacuar a casi 800 personas. Las fuertes lluvias y los intensos vientos dejaron asiladas 31 localidades, informó el Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia local.
En Haití, el huracán tocó tierra cerca de Les Anglais, en el extremo oriental del país, hacia las 7 de la mañana hora local (11 GMT).
Informes desde la costa sur indican que varias comunidades quedaron anegadas.
El alcalde de Les Cayes, Jean Gabriel Fortuné, le dijo a la BBC que casi todos los edificios de la ciudad habían perdido sus techos por los fuertes vientos y muchas de las casas más débiles habían sido destruidas.
Mientras que las calles estaban inundadas por la marejada.
El funcionario agregó que hubo numerosas muertes, aunque no precisó la cifra.
Según el periódico Diario Libre, de República Dominicana, el Centro de Operaciones de Emergencia (COE) informó que cuatro personas habían muertoa causa de los deslizamientos de tierra producidos por las lluvias: dos niñas de ocho y diez años, un niño de cinco años, y un oficial retirado.
El presidente interino de Hatí, Jocelerme Privert, dijo más temprano que algunas personas que no habían respetado las alertas habían muerto, pero no dio más detalles.
Haití es uno de los países más pobres del mundo y muchos de sus 11 millones de habitantes viven en zonas propensas a las inundaciones y en viviendas endebles.
El país no se ha recuperado del devastador terremoto de 2010 ni de una extensa epidemia de cólera que trajeron soldados de Naciones Unidas.
Haití ha recibido un golpe brutal. Las condiciones aquí son atroces. Dar un paso fuera es igual a empaparse en cuestión de segundos.
Los más vulnerables fueron quienes viven en las chozas a lo largo de la costa occidental. Allí, las grandes marejadas son el principal peligro.
La gente aquí se enfrentan a inundaciones que amenazan sus vidas y la probabilidad de deslizamientos de tierra en un paisaje sin árboles.
Esta tormenta de categoría 4 llega a este empobrecido país que todavía trata de recuperarse del terremoto de 2010 que mató a más de 200.000 personas, y una epidemia de cólera que llegó después del sismo.
Muchos de ellos viven en los barrios marginales que ofrecen poca protección contra los fuertes vientos y lluvias. Y muchos se negaron a evacuar, por temor a que sus pocas pertenencias que les quedan fuesen robadas.
Las autoridades haitianas informaron que se han construido unos 1.300 refugios, suficientes para acomodar a 340.000 personas. Los dos aeropuertos del país están cerrados.
A pesar de que algunos haitianos han rehusado trasladarse a los refugios, un ciudadano de Puerto Príncipe aseguró que la comunidad se uniría para hacerle frente al peligro de la tormenta.
"Estamos en comunicación entre nosotros por nuestros propios medios. Le informaremos al pueblo cómo está la situación. Si las cosas se ponen mal, nos uniremos".
En Jamaica, el gobierno suspendió la alerta por huracán y la reemplazó por una advertencia de tormenta tropical luego de que el centro de Matthew cambiara su curso hacia Haití.
"Evitamos lo peor del impacto, pero no creemos que estemos fuera de riesgo todavía", dijo Evan Thompson, director del Servicio Meteorológico del país.
Tras golpear a Cuba, se espera que el huracán atraviese las Bahamas con una trayectoria noroccidental, pasando cerca de la costa este de Florida, en Estados Unidos.
En este estado y partes de Carolina del Norte se ha declarado el estado de emergencia.
"Impactos directos de huracán son posibles en Florida tarde esta semana", dice una advertencia del NOAA en su sito internet.
El huracán Matthew es el más poderoso de la región desde Félix, en 2007.
El Centro Nacional de Huracanes de EE.UU. también advirtió sobre la formación de una nueva tormenta tropical, Nicole, que se encuentra a 840 km al noroeste de San Juan Puerto Rico.
Cuenta con vientos máximos sostenidos de 85 km/h con ráfagas más fuertes.
By Guest Nicole
Plaque of the award conferred on the Jehovah's Witnesses by the Haitian Government
Haiti, August 1, 2016 – The Haitian Government has honoured the Christian Association of Jehovah’s Witnesses, otherwise called Jehovah’s Witnesses with Accessibility Award.
The Witnesses were conferred with the award for being of help to people with disabilities. The event was held in December 3, 2015 to coincide with the International Day of Persons with Disability.
The award, one of several others in the category of Communication and Technology, was presented by then Prime Minister, Evans Paul and was received by Spokesman of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Haiti, Mr. Daniel Laine.
Commenting on the Witnesses’ contributions to the disabled community, Guerline Dardignac, chief of staff for Bureau du Secretaire D’Etat a I’Integration des Personnes (BSEIPH), explained that “the Christian Association of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Haiti makes outstanding efforts for the inclusion of disabled ones.
“The Association takes into consideration not just the physical access to their buildings, through facilities for those with special assistance needs; it also facilitates communication and access to technology by holding meetings for worship and other activities in sign language (American Sign Language) and by providing Braille publications and sign-language videos.”
In 2013, the Witnesses received an Accessibility Award in recognition of their efforts to make their place of worship in Cayes, Haiti, handicapped-accessible.
This is the Witnesses’ second Accessibility Award since a massive earthquake pummeled Haiti, killing more than 222,000 people and injuring some 300,000—increasing the number of disabled residents by an estimated 15 percent. The Jehovah’s Witnesses received their first in 2013 when BSEIPH recognized the Witnesses’ efforts to make their place of worship in Cayes, Haiti, handicapped-accessible.
“We appreciate these awards as acknowledgements of our efforts to assist the disabled community, and we are happy to provide these services as part of our Bible educational work”, Laine said.
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