Our hearts continue to go out to everyone in South Asia.
As if the horrific earthquakes in Nepal and surrounding countries that killed just under 9,000 people weren't terrible enough, India is now suffering a deadly natural disaster of its own.
Over the past six weeks, over 800 people have died throughout India due to a severe heat wave that shows no signs of stopping anytime soon.
Temperatures have reached 117º F in parts of the country, and hospitals are currently doing their best to treat heatstroke after 551 people died in the state of Andhra Pradesh this past week alone.
[ Related: Semi-Truck Overturns And Spills 14 Million Bees Onto The Road! ]
In fact, it's so hot throughout the country that the asphalt roads are literally melting.
Andhra Pradesh's Special Commissioner for Disaster Management of P. Tulsi Rani has assured the state's citizens that the Indian government is doing everything it can to provide aid, saying:
Tags: eathquake, heat wave, india, mama nature, monsoon, mother nature, natural disasters, r.i.p., sad sad, weather
No pet left behind…
When it comes to natural disasters, a lack of preparation is the leading killer, second only to the disaster itself.
Most people don't realize, but preparing for a natural disaster takes some very special consideration if you have a pet.
The American Society for the Protection of Animals estimates that more than 600,000 dogs and cats have been affected by natural disasters this year alone. And that's not even factoring in hurricane Irene!
The ASPCA recommends owners create a specific pet emergency kit. It should contain things like water, pet food, bowls, collars and leashes, a pet first aid kit, copies of pet medical records and cleaning supplies.
Also, not every people shelter accepts pets, so owners should find a suitable nearby shelter for their ENTIRE family, pets and all.
[Image via WENN.]
Tags: aspca, cat, dog, hurricane irene, natural disasters, pets
Yesterday, Michele Bachmann had the following to say when speaking in Florida about Hurricane Irene and last week's earthquake on the East Coast:
Tags: alice stewart, disgusting, earthquake, east coast, hurricane irene, michele bachmann, natural disasters, us government