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By End-Times, Sep 19 2014 10:20AM

MANILA, Philippines – Heavy rains from a storm and the seasonal monsoon caused widespread flooding Friday in the Philippine capital and nearby provinces, shutting down schools and government offices.

Local authorities reported thousands were evacuated early Friday from severely inundated communities, some with rapidly flowing waters more than neck high. Local radio stations reported residents taking shelter in the second floor of homes where the water had reached the ceiling of the ground floor.

Manila airport authorities said the rains and radar problems caused delays and the cancellation of at least 28 domestic flights to and from northern and central Philippines affected by Tropical Storm Fung-Wong. At least three international flights heading to Manila were diverted to Clark International Airport in northern Pampanga province.

Flooded streets caused traffic gridlock across the city of 12 million, with many motorists and other commuters unaware of the extent of the flooding due to a lack of reports from local authorities.

Presidential spokeswoman Abigal Valte said that work in government offices in the capital and 15 other provinces has been suspended.

The Philippine Stock Exchange suspended trading and some banks sent their employees home by noon.

Weather forecaster Dioni Sarmiento said more than 260 millimeters (10 inches) of rain fell over a part of Metro Manila used as a rainfall gauge over a 24-hour period ending early Friday. That was more than half of the amount of rain that caused massive flooding across the sprawling metropolis of 12 million people in 2009.

Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada said some parts of the capital were flooded overnight and residents in a number of slum communities were evacuated to safety but added that floodwaters were receding because major drainage pipes had been cleared of thrash before the rainy season. He did not say how many have been evacuated in the city.

"Our anti-flood infrastructure has been neglected for a long time," Estrada said. "You go abroad and you see big houses of the rich along clean rivers. But here, the riverbanks teem with squatter colonies, which don't have septic tanks and treat the river like a garbage can."

Zharina Biong, a staffer of the disaster management unit of Marikina City, part of Metro Manila, said more than 27,000 people, most of them living near the swollen Marikina river, have been evacuated since dawn Friday.

The storm, which packed winds of up to 100 kilometers (62 miles) per hour made landfall in northern Cagayan province around noon Friday. It was expected to leave Philippine territory by Sunday and make a sharp turn northward toward Taiwan and southern Japan.

Just last week, Typhoon Kalmaegi hit the same area, leaving eight people dead and displacing over 366,000.

By End-Times, Sep 17 2014 12:57PM

The U.S. space agency's inspector general says NASA is failing in its congressionally-ordered mission to find 90 percent of potentially dangerous asteroids flying close to Earth.

The official, Paul Martin, Monday criticized the agency's Near Earth Object program as being understaffed and badly managed.

In his report, he says the program has so far found just 10 percent of asteroids and other objects bigger than 140 meters across and flying 45 million kilometers from Earth.

The program is tasked with finding 90 percent of these objects. The inspector general's report says the program likely will miss its 2020 deadline.

Most near-Earth objects harmlessly disintegrate before striking the planet.

But a relatively small asteroid exploded over Chelyabinsk in southern Russia last year with the force of 30 atomic bombs. More than 1,000 people were injured by flying debris.

"Recent research suggests that Chelyabinsk-type events occur every 30 to 40 years," the Office of Inspector General report said, adding that most impacts would occur in the ocean rather than in populated areas.

Historians believe a 10-kilometer-wide object hit the Earth about 66 million years ago in what is now Mexico, killing nearly all life on the planet and causing dinosaurs to become extinct.

Since 1998, NASA has spent about $100 million on programs to find, assess and mitigate potentially threatening space neighbors.

The report made five recommendations for beefing up NASA's asteroid detection efforts, including adding at least four to six employees to help manage the program and coordinating projects with other U.S. and international agencies and with privately-funded initiatives.

NASA's Associate Administrator for Science John Grunsfeld said in a letter to Martin he expects a new NEO program to be in place by Sept. 1, 2015.

By End-Times, Sep 17 2014 07:26AM

(Reuters) - A magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck 25 miles (40 km) northwest of the Pacific island Guam on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake struck at more than 100 miles (160 km) deep, it said, after originally putting the magnitude at 6.9.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said no tsunami had been generated because the quake was too deep.

By End-Times, Sep 15 2014 05:26PM

BELGRADE, Serbia – Authorities say new floods in the Balkans have isolated parts of eastern Serbia as swollen rivers swept away roads and bridges, cutting power supplies and phone lines.

Police said Monday emergency measures have been declared in the hardest-hit municipalities where heavy rains caused rivers to burst banks.

A total of 15 villages are in danger in the Kladovo region, near the boundary with Romania, where main roads connecting the area with the rest of Serbia have been either flooded or destroyed by the surging waters. Some 20 people are stuck in one of the villages.

Two people died in floods in Slovenia last weekend, while hundreds were forced out of homes in Croatia.

More than 50 people died in record Balkan floods in May.

By End-Times, Sep 15 2014 05:24PM

Storm, which made landfall near Cabo San Lucas as a powerful Category 3 hurricane, toppled trees, power poles and road signs

Hurricane Odile hammered Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula overnight, tearing away the facades of luxury resorts, shattering countless car and hotel windows and leaving lobbies swamped and full of debris on Monday.

The storm, which made landfall near Cabo San Lucas the previous night as a powerful Category 3 hurricane, toppled trees, power poles and road signs along the main highway, which at one point was swamped by rushing floodwaters. Room windows at the Westin were blown out, mud and rock blocked the entrance to the Club Regina and workers said the Hilton was seriously damaged.

By End-Times, Sep 8 2014 05:29PM

Historic flooding, that has already claimed more than 300 lives across the two countries, could continue to cause issues as flood waters flow slowly downstream.

The seasonal monsoon has been drenching India and Pakistan with torrential rains over the past week, causing catastrophic flooding.

What officials are calling the worst flooding to hit India and Pakistan in 50 years has brought landslides, countless evacuations and water rescues.

The flooding has led to widespread communication issues, as the high water continues to cause electricity and phone outages. This has slowed the speed of rescue crews trying to reach people still trapped in their collapsed or flooded homes.

"This is an unprecedented situation and we are doing the best we can under the circumstances," the chief prime minister of India's Jammu and Kashmir state, Omar Abdullah, tweeted out on Saturday, Sept. 6. "Please don't panic, we will reach you, I promise."

Some relief efforts are underway, with army and air force troops working to get supplies to victims of the flooding, flying boats in from Delhi.

However, further devastation is also possible. Water flowing from the India-controlled Kashmir and northern Pakistan will likely be flowing southward through the Chenab River into the main Indus River.

Towns and villages along these rivers, even though they have not seen the monsoonal rain themselves, could see the rivers rising over their banks. Similarly devastating flooding is possible for cities such as Jammu, Trimmu and Mithankot.

By End-Times, Sep 5 2014 12:30PM

Sarajevo - Thirty-four Bosnian coal miners were trapped half a kilometre underground on Friday after an earthquake triggered a rock burst, leaving rescue teams struggling to clear debris to reach them.

The 3.5 magnitude earthquake hit the central town of Zenica on Thursday afternoon, causing rocks in the nearby Raspotocje mine to fracture half an hour later, blocking parts of the mine, officials said on Friday.

Communications had been established with the trapped miners, who had been underground for more than 16 hours.

The rock burst was the third this year at the mine, and the previous two injured 16 miners, Zenica mines general manager Esad Civic said.

“Out of 56 miners who worked in the afternoon shift on Thursday, 22 have left the pit while 34 remain trapped,” he told regional television.

“We have carried out all activities to assess the air quality, reduce the quantities of methane and pipe in enough air.”

He said the rescue operation was expected to take several hours.

The Raspotocje mine produces coal for Bosnia's largest power utility, EPBiH. - Reuters

By End-Times, Sep 5 2014 12:23PM

MEXICO CITY – Hurricane Norbert scattered rain along Mexico's Pacific coast on Thursday as it headed for a brush with the Los Cabos resorts.

Officials in Los Cabos closed schools and beaches and prepared emergency shelters, though the hurricane's center was expected to stay offshore as it roars past.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said that Norbert had top sustained winds of 90 mph (150 kph) Thursday afternoon and it was centered about 130 miles (210 kilometers) south-southwest of the Baja California peninsula.

Forecasters said Norbert, which reached hurricane strength Wednesday, was headed northwest at 7 mph (11 kph).

A tropical storm warning was in effect from La Paz to Cabo San Lazaro and Mexico's National Meteorological Service said Norbert could unleash intense rains over much of the country's northwest.

By End-Times, Sep 5 2014 12:21PM

ISLAMABAD – Pakistani officials say heavy monsoon rains have killed 40 people across the country as the government warned of more flash flooding over the weekend.

Ahmad Kamal, a spokesman for the National Disaster Management Authority, said Friday that 13 people died when roofs collapsed in the eastern city of Lahore the previous day.

The rains triggered landslides that killed six civilians and three soldiers in the Pakistani-administered Kashmir on Thursday.

Heavy rains also lashed the capital, Islamabad, where thousands of opposition supporters have camped outside the parliament for weeks, demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resign over alleged voting fraud. The protesters used makeshift tents made from plastic sheets to shelter from the rains.

Pakistan regularly suffers from flooding during the monsoon season. In 2010, flash floods killed 1,700 people in Pakistan.

By End-Times, Sep 5 2014 12:20PM

SRINAGAR, India – The death toll from severe flooding in Indian-controlled Kashmir has risen to at least 28 people, as authorities asked for help from federal rescue officials as relentless rains continue to lash much of the Himalayan region, forcing thousands to abandon their homes in search of shelter.

Officials said Friday that the death toll from flooding and landslides caused by for four days of rain included two bodies recovered after a bus carrying more than 50 members of a wedding party that was swept away into a stream Thursday. Four passengers managed to swam to safety and rescue workers are searching for the others.

The region is witnessing its worst flooding in over two decades.