Sunday, December 14, 2008

Ratty December

My bazi colleagues friends were discussing about if we could build this super software that and run it on a super computer to be able to predict world catastrophes. In fact looking at the chinese solar calendar, we picked up this particular bazi formation on December 14.

Take a look. The red circles indicate a Fu Yin formation, or 'sad events.'

A few of us had predicted flooding, river banks bursting, dam breaking etc. All water related disasters.

It rained cats and dogs last night so was wondering if any parts of the world is facing the types of rain that we are getting, so I did a Google Search. Wow...these were some of the news flash in the last few hours.

December 13, 2008

Rome braces for floods as rains swell the Tiber

Rome A state of emergency was declared yesterday with more than a thousand residents being moved out the city as a precaution as the Tiber came close to bursting its banks after two weeks of torrential downpours and violent thunderstorms.

One man was killed when a bridge collapsed on him as he helped a driver with his flooded car, and a woman died after her car became trapped in a flooded underpass. Bridges across the Tiber were closed and guarded by police. The Colosseum was surrounded by water, and the rising river threatened to submerge the church and hospital on Tiber Island.

Officials said that the waters of the Tiber were their highest for 40 years. Gianni Alemanno, the Mayor of Rome, urged residents to “stay at home” as the civil protection department predicted a further 36 hours of heavy rain.

The Rome fire brigade said that it had rescued dozens of people trapped in cars in flooded streets and underpasses. Sandbags were distributed to those living on ground floors in affected areas of the city. Mr Alemanno said that the emergency was equivalent to Rome being “hit by an earthquake.”

In Venice alarms sounded as high tide surged in, flooding St. Mark’s Square, while Alpine rescuers saved a group of ten Boy Scouts stranded in a record snowfall on Mount Etna.

Last Updated: Saturday December 13 2008 16:00 GMT

Flash flooding hits UK homes

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Flash floods hit the south west

Torrential rain caused flash flooding and traffic chaos across parts of the south of England, Wales and Scotland.

At least seven people had to be rescued from their cars in Devon after they got trapped by the rising flood waters.

Up to 46cm of rain fell in some areas of Somerset and Devon, where emergency services described conditions on the roads as "atrocious".

At one point, more than 200 flood warnings were issued for the south west of England and Wales.

Raindrops falling into a puddle (SHAUN CURRY/AFP/Getty Images)
They included one severe warning for the River Lyd in Lydney in Gloucestershire but there are also flood warnings across other parts of the UK.

The Devon and Somerset Fire Service said it had received hundreds of calls about the flooding in the south west and urged people not to travel unless it's really necessary.

Meanwhile, loads of sheep at a farm in Scotland have been rescued after getting stranded on a hilltop by rising flood waters.

About 100 sheep got trapped in a field in Perth when the nearby River Earn burst its banks.

The local fire service said the high water levels were caused by snow melting on the hills and swelling the river.

Heavy rains trigger flooding in Guyana

Associated Press
2008-12-14 03:09 AM

Guyana's prime minister says heavy rains have inundated several coastal towns and farms.

Samuel Hinds says government workers are monitoring floodgates and helping to drain waters from seaside towns. He says a few low-lying coastal villages are under more than a foot (0.30 meters) of water, but there have been no injuries.

Guyana's meteorologists on Saturday warned inhabitants of this South American country to brace for more flooding amid December's rainy season.

Most of Guyana's 270-mile (430-kilometer) coastline is located nearly 6 feet (1.8 meters) below the Atlantic and flash floods are a constant threat during storms. Coastal towns, including the capital, are protected by canals and storage trenches that are drained during low tide.

Dec 13, 2008
13 dead in Philippines floods

MANILA - AT LEAST 13 people have been killed in flooding caused by heavy rains in the central Philippines this week, the civil defence office said on Saturday.

Four people were still missing in Camarines Norte province, it said. Deaths also occured in the central islands of Samar and Leyte.

Three people were also injured in the flooding with almost 1,500 people still housed in makeshift evacuation centres.

However the civil defence office said the rains had eased and the floods were starting to subside. -- AFP

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BREAKING NEWS: Flooding possible throughout the day

Jamie Jones
Dalton Daily Citizen

Murray and Whitfield counties are under a flood warning until 2:15 p.m. today, meaning floods are occurring or on the way, according to the National Weather Service.

The NWS also placed the two counties under a flood watch until 7 p.m. today, which means conditions are favorable for flooding, especially along larger streams and rivers.

An operator with Murray County 911 said there was flooding throughout the county, but said there had been no major problems or serious accidents reported as of 10 a.m. The operator said there were no closed roads, adding the “torrential rain” caused several areas to have standing water.

“There have just been fender benders and people running off the road because of the rain,” he said.

Jeffrey Putnam, Whitfield County Emergency Services director, said this morning only one road in the county — River Road — was closed. He said “there was nothing to” a reported rock slide near the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center. There was only one rock about 18 inches in diameter in the road, he said.

Putnam urged residents to be cautious while driving, while the NWS warned of more flooding tonight.

“Some creeks and rivers across north Georgia are already near flood stage,” according to the NWS. “The additional rainfall late tonight could push the creeks and rivers above flood stage.”

An area of showers and thunderstorms across central Georgia this morning will shift north through the day. North Georgia received between two and three inches of rain Wednesday and this morning. An extra one to three inches of rain is expected throughout the day.

Tonight, the rain, combined with temperatures near freezing, could bring some snow, according to the NWS. Little or no accumulation is expected. The rain is expected to clear out Friday, bringing sunny skies and highs in the mid 40s.

Flood situation in Johor worsens

JOHOR BARU: The flood situation in Johor has worsened, with the number of victims increasing from 352 on Tuesday to 632 yesterday. Muar showed the most drastic increase with 549 evacuees who are being housed in three relief centres.

Meanwhile, a total of 83 victims have been placed at two centres in Batu Pahat. The situation in Kluang, however, has improved with all the evacuees returning home.

So far no death nor accident caused by floods has been reported.

Bernama reports that the situation in flood-hit districts in Terengganu, except for Kuala Terengganu, has returned to normal. There are still 91 evacuees staying at three relief centres in Kuala Terengganu.

Dec 13, 2008

Floods have left people in low-lying parts of Venice, including the popular tourist site of St. Mark's Square, wading through knee-deep water.

The entire city - founded on a collection of marshy islands in the 5th century and crisscrossed by canals - suffers from periodic flooding caused by high tides. The government has begun a multi-billion euro floodgate project aimed at stopping rising sea levels from destroying the city.

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