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Nov-02-2012 11:26printcomments

Stop Hurricanes Sandy

In New York, people streamed into the city as service began to resume on commuter train and subway.

Overhead view of the NJ shore after Sandy passed
Overhead view of the NJ shore after Sandy passed, special thanks to Salem-News.com writer Bob O'Dowd in NJ for sending this photo to our newsroom

(JHUMRA CITY, Pakistan) - Hurricane Sandy-crippled NYC subway creaks back to life, neighboring New Jersey stunned by destruction. New York City moved closer to resuming its frenetic pace by getting back its vital subways Thursday, three days after a superstorm, but neighboring New Jersey was stunned by coastal devastation and the news of thousands of people in one city still stranded by increasingly fetid flood waters.

The decision to reopen undamaged parts of the United States’ largest transit system came as the death toll reached more than 70 in the U.S. and left more than 5 million without power.

Hurricane Sandy earlier left another at least 69 people dead as it swept through the Caribbean. In New York, people streamed into the city as service began to resume on commuter train and subway.

The three major airports resumed at least limited service, and the New York Stock Exchange was open again. Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor the busiest train line in the country was to take commuters along the heavily populated East Coast again starting Friday.

But hundreds of thousands in New York City alone were still without power, especially in Lower Manhattan, which remained in the dark roughly south of the Empire State Building after floodwaters had knocked out power.

The next 50 to 100 years are going to be very different than what we’ve seen in the past 50 years,” said S. Jeffress Williams, a scientist emeritus at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Woods Hole Science Center in Massachusetts. The sea level is rising fast, and destructive storms are occurring more frequently, said Williams, who expects things to get even worse. Across the Hudson River from New York City, the floodwaters remained in the city of Hoboken, where an estimated 20,000 people remained in their homes amid accusations that officials were slow to deliver food and water.

One man blew up an air mattress and floated to City Hall, demanding to know why supplies hadn’t arrived. New Jersey residents across the state were urged to conserve water. The superstorm’s effects, though much weakened, continued Thursday. Snow drifts as high as 5 feet (1.5 meters) piled up in West Virginia, where the former hurricane merged with two winter weather systems as it went inland. After suffering the worst disaster in its 108-year-old history, the subways were to roll again at least some of them.

More than a dozen of the lines would offer some service, but none below Manhattan’s 34th Street, a line of demarcation in the city separating the hardest-hit residents from those who escaped the brunt. Downtown Manhattan, which includes the city’s financial district, Sept. 11 memorial and other tourist sites, was still mostly an urban landscape of shuttered bodegas and boarded-up restaurants, where people roamed in search of food, power and a hot shower.

We are pleased you could join us in fellowship around God's unchanging Word. God's hand cannot long be restrained in face of evils such as the Boxing Day Tsunami, 9/11, Fukushima, Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, a brace of contrived wars on friendly nations and innocent people, with more in the pipeline. "God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him at His heart. And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for I regret that I have made them" (Genesis 5:5-7). Jesus said these evil conditions of the days of Noah would repeat in the days of His second or 'parousia' coming in 1963, and He is present now. This time nuclear fire will "leave neither root nor branch" (Matthew 24:35-37; Malachi 4:1-3; II Peter 3:3-12). Keep the Token on display. This Newsletter serves those of like precious faith. Whoever will receive the truth is welcome to feed their soul from the waters of the River of Life. Everything here presented should be confirmed personally in your own Bible.

May God be with you and se you more in the vineyard for Christ to save millions soul. May God strengthen and encourage you all and keep on serving him in others. With love and much your regulars help our ministry and your commitment with me? My prayers are with you, and so are my blessings. May God grant you a great harvest as you plant and water for Him!

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Reverend Pervaiz Khokhar is a contributing writer in Asia who covers issues pertaining to Christianity in countries that fail to tolerate religious freedom.

Pervaiz is the Chairman of The Preaching Society & Social Welfare Services, Mohallah Rasool Pura Street No 7 in Jhumra City, Faisalabad, Pakistan.

You can write to Pervaiz Khokhar at this email address: pssws2012@gmail.com

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