In the News (from 1TV.ru): “Spain, Italy, and France are at the mercy of rain and squally winds. Lands, villages, and roads are flooded. Mass evacuation is in progress. Power outages began with the advent of heavy rains; 8000 families are left without heat and light.
“Over two thousand people were evacuated from hazardous areas. They will have to live in emergency evacuation centers until flood subsides. They fear that they will return to ruins. Overflowing rivers submerged vast territories. Mudslides washed away roads and left many villages cut off from the rest of the world. The end of the disaster is not expected: Over 5 feet (1.5 m) of rain fell in less than three hours.
Hurricane winds and torrential rains are continuing to cause misery in Italy. Now, all their power hit Turin. If rains do not stop, flood will reach the city. Schools are closed; the residents are advised not to leave their homes unless absolutely necessary. The raging elements of nature hit Venice. The disaster claimed 20 lives over the last two weeks in Italy.
“Snow fell in Spain, the capital province of Madrid. A storm warning was issued here and in other 24 regions of the country. The picture is the same: continuing rain, overflowing rivers, squally winds, and fallen trees on the streets.”
My Comment: Undoubtedly, nature is becoming increasingly unbalanced, and this manifests at all levels. The year 2012 will bring even less pleasant surprises. This trend will continue until we realize that we can affect the surrounding world only by changing our relationships. No matter how well we prepare ourselves for disasters, no ministry will save us. Nature punishes us until we, like stubborn children, understand that we cause these blows ourselves, by our behavior.