Fuel shortages, icy rain and power outages are hampering Japan's worst humanitarian crisis since World War Two. The sheer numbers in the world's costliest natural disaster (estimated at $250 billion) remain staggering. There are about 21,000 dead or missing, 319,000 people evacuated, 2,131 makeshift shelters, 2.4 million people without access to water and 221,000 households without power.
"There is some improvement in terms of logistics and in getting food and other supplies," said Francis Markus of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies delegation in Tokyo.
"But it is still very difficult."
From THE INDEPENDENT:
A pool for storing spent fuel at Japan's crippled nuclear plant is heating up, with temperatures around boiling point. The high temperatures in the spent fuel pool are believed to be the cause of steam which has been drifting from Fukushima Dai-ichi's Unit 2 since yesterday. If water in the pool bubbles away and exposes fuel rods, more radiation would be thrown off.
Please put me on the prayer list - heading to chop shop for new knee soon.
Please pray for my dog, Georgia. She's in a bad way. She's not eating or drinking. We are visiting the vets. Will know more soon.
Posted by Sharon at FROM HERE TO ISTANBUL:
Between 12:00 and 12:15, Istanbul time, Cristy’s stem cell transplantation happened. It took all of about 10 minutes. She is currently sleeping soundly and tomorrow will begin her regimen of walking the halls of the bone marrow transplant unit every two hours. She’ll be closely monitored over the next 10 days to ensure that the transplant is indeed working and that her body is building an entirely new autoimmune system. She has been told that the next few days will be difficult but that she will soon experience an upswing in her physical health as her system continues to regenerate itself. She likens this process to a complete oil change and refers to Dr. Gulbas as her master mechanic.
Thanks be to God and thanks to all of those who have sent prayers and thoughts and contributions! We’re not finished yet but we are now on the other side. Please keep those prayers and thoughts and contributions coming!
From Sam Norton at ELIZAPHANIAN:
Posted by Jay Simser
at BAILEY'S BUDDY:
I have been diagnosed with actinic keratosis lesions. Treatment is important because AK's may turn into a skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma. I have a prescription to put on it before I go to bed at night. It is not inexpensive. The tube costs $154. The description of the treatment says that I "may notice skin irritation which means the product is working.
Posted by Lois Keen at RAMBLINGS WITH LOIS:
Four years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer. 2007 was "the year of cancer".
This morning at 8:00 a.m. was my fourth annual follow-up mammogram, and ALL IS WELL!!!
"See you next year" she said! I can breathe again.
Posted by John Shuck at SHUCK AND JIVE:
With only 52 presbyteries left to vote, the results will be trickling in the for the next two months. Of those 52 we need 16 more YES votes to reach 87 and remove the PC (USA) version of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
It is hard to believe we are this close after all these years of struggle for equality.
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