Among the most exciting moments in this process of Redemption is watching the pieces come together. Anyone can do this. (You don't have to be a prophet!) Just by being an observer of the human scene,...current events, talk radio, internet news and daily experiences,--all this can be eye-opening about how the Rebbe's prophecy is being fulfilled.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Raging Water Hits Balkans with Unprecedented Floods

From the Previous Rebbe's Prophecy of “Raging Water,” 1944, Based on Psalm 93

“At any rate, prior to the Redemption, there will take place a great raging of water, which will so jolt the [people of the] world, that they will suddenly turn to G-d, blessed be He, and exalt Him. It will thus be as though the waters have raised their voices through their raging.”
Hamodia - The daily newspaper of Torah Jewry, Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Unprecedented Flooding in Balkan States
By Gabi Abramac

“In eastern Croatia alone, there are 16 tons of dead cattle and other animals. Snakes and rats are all over flooded places; mosquitoes, too. It is hard to believe that the apocalyptic scenes are real.”

Photo Credit: Newsweek

The most terrible floods in the past 120 years have hit Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia. The rains started on May 13 and, only a few days later, entire cities in Bosnia and Serbia were already flooded,
Photo credit: Newsweek
followed by flooding in Eastern Croatia. Torrential floods destroyed bridges and infrastructure and caused about 2,000 landslides which additionally damaged many towns and villages, sometimes wiping them away completely. The landslides caused minefields to slide as well. This means that previously marked minefields are dislocated and some landmines are floating around freely now, unmarked.It is estimated that about 2.1 million people have been affected. Thousands lost everything within 20 minutes.
People who were war refugees 20 years ago are climate refugees now. For the second time in their lifetime, some people have left their homes, taking nothing. No clothing, no shelter, no home, no family albums. Despair. My heart wept. The hearts of the nation wept and for the first time since the violent split of former Yugoslavia, we all became one. The rains and the rivers knew nothing about administrative divisions, and spared nobody.
Slovenia and Macedonia, which were not affected by floods, helped readily. Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia networked. Unprecedented solidarity took place.
As soon as the flooding started, I converted my school, a language institute for adults, into an aid collection center, organizing an online outreach campaign and involving neighbors, students, and their families. When the first people crossed the threshold of my school bringing food, clothing and personal hygiene items, I jumped for joy. And then I cried.
People are bringing supplies all day long and all I do is sort-pack-ship: truck after truck and van after van. The organization of students from Bosnia and Herzegovina sent their members to the field and they identified the places where aid was most needed. I also invited people through social networks to tell us exactly where to go. And it works. People who live in western European countries phone us to tell about the elderly who need supplies and  students are delivering parcels door to door. Our boxes even reached the tiny Jewish community in the Bosnian city of Doboj, which had flooded in under six minutes!
Nobody knows what’s going to happen next and everybody is afraid of infectious diseases caused by the decay of dead animals. In eastern Croatia alone, there are 16 tons of dead cattle and other animals. Snakes and rats are all over flooded places; mosquitoes, too. It is hard to believe that the apocalyptic scenes are real. The flooded area was estimated to be about 23,000 square kilometers (larger than the state of Israel).
In some places, water has not yet withdrawn, and so no cleanup is possible, while in other cities, people have started cleaning their homes. My friend’s father from Maglaj tells her that he walks what used to be the streets and just weeps. There are no roads, no stores, no ATM … nothing. Cemeteries were washed away. There is only a line for rationed food.
Croatia’s biggest problem, apart from displaced people, is all the dead cattle because that was a farming region. People brought their animals up to their attics, thinking the water would never rise that high. Now they cannot bring the dead, bloated animals out through the doors. (Imagine a cow four times its normal size.)

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