Wednesday, May 22, 2013


2 INFANTS, 10 CHILDREN IN ALL - Two of the 24 people known to have been killed in the tornado that pulverized a suburb of Oklahoma City on Monday were infants. Seven of the dead were 8- and 9-year-old youngsters, the medical examiner’s office said, apparently students at the Plaza Towers Elementary School. The school was among hundreds of buildings reduced to rubble by the storm that devastated Moore, Okla., a city of 55,000 about 11 miles south of downtown Oklahoma City. 
Fourteen storm victims were adults. One of those adults has yet to be identified, said Amy Elliott, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner’s office. The names of seven others were withheld because family members have not yet been informed of their deaths.

Rescue crews are still searching through the remains of collapsed buildings, and officials have said repeatedly that the death toll from the tornado could rise. But Elliott said the number of bodies transported to the medical examiner’s office - and the “official number of confirmed deaths” - remained at 24 as of Wednesday morning. Most of the people died from blunt-force trauma. A few were asphyxiated. More than 200 people were injured by the tornado, and hundreds of homes, businesses and other buildings were destroyed. Preliminary damage estimates are running as high as $1 billion. 
Hundreds of other children at the school survived the tornado, huddling with their teachers in bathrooms, fleeing the building with frantic parents or seeking safety by pressing against interior walls.

In Moore, near Oklahoma, USA, search and rescue operations were winding down Wednesday as this battered, exhausted city mourned its dead and turned its attention to rebuilding for the future. "When the winds died down and the debris settled following Monday’s tornado in Oklahoma, residents began scrambling to find loved ones amid the rubble of homes and businesses and at least two schools. For some, that search ended in searing grief," published Jennifer Preston at The Lede blog. Why do so terrible tornadoes occur, while sometimes they are just strong winds? Why should we endure these calamities? Why are we here?

Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu appeared in the mood of a devotee. In the form of Radharani, the Highest Guru, Nandanandana Krishna Himself appeared. Sanatana Goswami asked Him questions such as, "Who and what am I? Why am I burning from the three-fold afflictions [miseries caused by one's own body and mind, miseries caused by other living entities and miseries caused by the demigods in the form of natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods, hurricanes and so on]? What is the ultimate object and how are we to get it?" When we put these questions to a sadguru, then the time for emancipation from the entanglement of this non-eternal sphere has come. It was declared by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu to Srila Sanatana Goswami. You must have these types of questions in mind.

Śrīla Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Mahārāja :
"The Glories Of HDG Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj"
Boston Common, Boston, Massachusetts: 23 August 2002
Sree Chaitanya Gaudiya Math (SCGM)
Published by dasavatara das - "Vedic Views on World News"

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