Ukrainian flooding

If my memory serves me correctly, the rain began on Monday. All week long it continued, sometimes heavily, until Friday evening sometime. Although I have not heard of any displaced people in our region, a Fox news article states that these rains have produced some of the worst floods in 100 years. The areas the article describes is actually not too far from here (both in Ukraine and the Romanian border). Please pray for these families. The following is the Fox News article printed yesterday:

KIEV, Ukraine — Severe storms and floods in the Carpathian Mountains killed 13 people in Ukraine and another five people in neighboring Romania, officials said Sunday. Two other people were missing in Ukraine.

Five days of heavy rain near the Prut and Dniestr rivers caused floods that damaged more than 21,000 houses, Ukraine’s Emergency Ministry said in a statement.

Ukrainian officials evacuated more than 8,000 people and reported that over 300 towns and villages were left without electricity. The government said damages are estimated at more than $300 million.

“Ukraine has not seen anything like this in 100 years,” First Deputy Prime Minister Oleksandr Turchinov said in televised remarks.

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko declared the region a national disaster area, leaving festivities marking the 1,020th anniversary of the country’s adoption of Christianity in Kiev, the capital, to fly to the heaviest-hit region of Ivano-Frankivsk in southwestern Ukraine.

The storms will continue for at least another 24 hours and water levels are expected to rise further, the meteorological service said.

Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who had already been touring the region, called for a parliament session to allocate disaster relief funds.

In northern Romania, five people died in flooding and heavy rain in areas bordering Ukraine, and power outages affected around 20,000 people, officials said.

Taking a toll

Today begins our 10th day in Ukraine…and I have to admit I’m tired, achy, and a bit moody. The excitement of living in a new place, the place God has called us to be, is still with me, but it’s taking a toll on this body. For one, 9 of these past 10 days have been rainy. It’s not fun to walk in rain on muddy, dirty streets while trying to keep from falling on the uneven pavement as you balance umbrella and other bags in hand. I like the occasional rainy day…when i can sleep in, curl up to a movie, and stay indoors. However, 9 days of it (although sporadic throughout the day) can lower one’s mood.

I really don’t mind walking everywhere. In fact, I enjoy it tremendously. But, the fact is, that in Texas where i lived, never did I walk this much. My body just isn’t used to it; now it is screaming at me (particularly my feet), “STOP THE INSANITY! GIVE ME A REST! And a little massage would be nice, too, please.”

The moodiness just comes from a combination of all things – aches, weather, business – it’ll pass…i’m just tired and readjusting to my new environment.

One of things that does put a smile on my face and a twitter in my heart is all the blooming trees. They are gorgeous pinks and whites. I was told that the bloom season came early this year, and I like to think they came just for me! (I will try to post some pictures of them later).