Photos And Videos: Worst Flood In Europe In 70 Years

A general overview shows the flooded centre of the Bavarian town of Passau, about 200 km (125 miles) northeast of Munich June 3, 2013. Following heavy rain and thaw, the Inn and Donau rivers are expected to rise to over 11 meters. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle (GERMANY - Tags: DISASTER SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT)
A general overview shows the flooded centre of the Bavarian town of Passau, about 200 km (125 miles) northeast of Munich June 3, 2013. Following heavy rain and thaw, the Inn and Donau rivers are expected to rise to over 11 meters. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

Europe is now facing the worst floods in seventy years.

Flood waters rise across sections of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic.

At least eight people were killed and nine others were injured.

The city of Passau in southeast Germany was among the hardest-hit.

Here are some photos…

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Below are the URLs of the videos…

http://news.yahoo.com/video/record-floods-hit-parts-europe-122619602.html

http://news.yahoo.com/video/floods-strike-bavarias-passau-city-122124200.html

Freezing Europe – In Photos

Heavy snow in spring?

Many Europeans are facing winter’s icy grip on lands that should be thawing in springtime temperatures by now, with Britain on track for the coldest March since 1962.

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Sh-sh-shivering Winter In Europe

Now  there is a very cold winter in Europe.

Thick snows covered cars, houses and also trees.

Rivers, lakes and canals are frozen.

More than 400 people died.

But in Malaysia, it is very hot…..

I wish it snows in Malaysia 🙂

So, I wrote  a poem entitled, ‘Snowing in Malaysia’:

Snowing in Malaysia
If  only it ever be snowed….
….all over the Malaysian road
I’ll then be making snowman
or  maybe  some ‘snowvan’…
Playing with snowballs
and not
going to the malls
If Malaysia ever be snowed….

Here are some pictures of the cold winter in Europe:

A city phone is seen covered with hoarfrost, with the air temperature at about minus 20 degrees Celsius (minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit), in Kiev, February 1, 2012. (REUTERS)
A frozen house is seen on a track of the Sedivackuv. Long dog sled race in Destne v Orlickych horach, January 26, 2012. Each year, racers from all over Europe arrive to the village of Destne in Orlicke mountains in Czech Republic to take part in this race series. REUTERS/Petr Josek
Icicles hang on a rock as the sun sinks in the west in the Thuringian Forest near Eisenach, central Germany, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. A cold spell has reached central and eastern Europe with temperatures far below zero. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
An iced gargoyle in a fountain in Zurich, Thursday Feb. 2, 2012. A cold spell has reached central and eastern Europe with temperatures far below zero. (AP Photo/Keystone/Alessandro Della Bella)
Ice is pictured on a a warning sign at the harbour of Versoix near Geneva February 3, 2012.
A man walks past an ice covered car on the frozen waterside promenade at Lake Geneva in the Swiss city of Versoix. (AFP)
A hiker walks in front of a frozen waterfall in Oberhaslach, eastern France. Ice-breakers Tuesday battled Europe's big chill as the Danube river froze over more than 100 miles (170 kilometres), and dozens died of cold on a continent gripped by some of the lowest temperatures in decades. (AFP Photo/Frederick Florin)

Indonesian Volcano Erupts-Pictures

Mount Sinabung in Sumatra. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

On Sunday, Mount Sinabung on the north of Sumatra island erupted; and on Monday it erupted again.

The volcano was inactive for four centuries or four hundred years; since 1600.

It shot ash 2 km or 1.5 miles into the air.

Mount Sinabung spews volcanic materials into the sky in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Monday, Aug. 30, 2010. The volcano that had been dormant for more than four centuries erupted for the second day in a row Monday, spewing out towering clouds of ash and forcing the evacuation of more than 21,000 people. (AP Photo/Roone Patikawa)

The eruption triggered the highest red volcano alert.

About 21,000 people left their houses because it is very dangerous to be near a volcano if it erupts.

Mount Sinabung spews volcanic smoke in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010. The volcano spewed hot lava and sand high into the sky early Sunday in its first eruption in 400 years causing thousands of people living around its slope to evacuate their homes. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Hot lava and burning rocks from the volcano can burn houses, trees and everything on its way down the volcano.

Volcanic ash covered trees, plants, houses and everything in the area.

People leaving the area were also covered by ash.

Some flight to Medan and Sibolga were delayed.

Indonesia in on the Pacific Ring Of Fire.

In April, 2010 the volcanic ash from Eyjafilljallajokull glacier in Iceland closed airspace and airports all over Europe and thousands and thousands of passengers were stranded all over the world.

I wonder if Malaysian airspace and airport will be closed if the volcanic ash problems get worse …

Mount Sinabung spews volcanic materials in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Monday, Aug. 30, 2010. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)
Mount Sinabung spews volcanic materials in Karo, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Monday, Aug. 30, 2010. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)
Volcanic ash from Mount Sinabung. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)
Mount Sinabung volcano erupts. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)
Mount Sinabung volcano erupts. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)
Volcanic ash from Mont Sinabung in Indonesia. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

A Castle In Kuala Lumpur

A few weeks ago, my family and I went to a castle.

The castle is not as tall as the castles in Europe.


It’s name is Al-Rawsha.


Anyway, it is not a real castle; it’s actually a restaurant :mrgreen:


The restaurant is at Jalan Kampung Pandan.

From the outside it looks like a real castle.


We went there to buy food for iftar.

The restaurant sells Middle Eastern cuisines.

We bought ‘Chicken Mandy’ and ‘Lamb Mandy‘.

There are yoghurt, salsa and rice together with the ‘Chicken and Lamb Mandy‘.

They are so delicious!

I wonder if there is any more restaurants that looks like a castle 🙂


1 Dead In Glacier Express Accident

Glacier Express derailed in the Swiss Alps on Friday, July 23, 2010.

It happened near the town of Fiesch and the mouth of the Aletsch glacier.

The Aletsch glacier is Europe’s largest icemass.

The train was on a journey between Zermatt and St. Moritz.

1 person was killed and 42 people were injured.

Train accident is very rare in Switzerland.

Glacier Express is a very popular tourist train in Switzerland.

It has very big windows so that the passengers can see the beautiful Alps mountains, glaciers, streams and other wonderful things around.

The Glacier Express is known for its majestic mountain climbs.

It is called the “slowest express train in the world”.

It travels at an average speed of 18 mph (30 kph).

This is another disaster.

On Monday a speeding express train collided in India.

Glacier Express derailed in Fiesch, Switzerland, Friday 23, July 2010. (REUTERS/Police Valais/Handout0)
Glacier Express train accident in Fiesch, Switzerland. Friday July 23, 2010. (REUTERS/Police Valais/Handout)
A senior fire fighter looking at a damaged carriage of a Glacier Express passenger train at the accident site, Friday July 23,2010. (AP Photo/Keystone/Jean-Christophe Bott)
Rescue workers and paramedics load an injured person on board of a rescue helicopter after a train accident in Fiesch, Switzerland, Friday, July 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Keystone/Jean-Christophe Bott)
Rescuers give an interview in front of damaged carriages of a Glacier Express passenger train at the accident site in Fiesch, Switzerland, Friday, July 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Keystone/Jean-Christophe Bott)
A fire fighter is looking at a damaged carriage of a Glacier Express passenger train at the accident site in Fiesch, Switzerland, Friday, July 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Keystone/Jean-Christophe Bott)

Latest List Of Europe Airport And Airspace Status(2100 GMT Tuesday)

Please click here for the latest list as of 1942 GMT Wednesday.

I am very happy that more and more stranded passengers are going home.

More airports and airspace are now open in Europe.

But it will take time to get everybody home.

Here is a list of countries as of 2100 GMT on Tuesday and their airspace status:

* Denotes new or updated item

AUSTRIA – Airspace open as of 0300 GMT Monday.

BELGIUM – Belgium has begun allowing planes to land and intends to allow some flights to depart from 1200 GMT.

BOSNIA – Airports open.

* BRITAIN – Airspace reopened at 2100 GMT.

BULGARIA – All airspace and airports open.

CZECH REPUBLIC – Airspace and airports open as of 1000 GMT on Monday. Situation to be re-assessed at 1000 GMT on Wednesday.

DENMARK – Will open most airspace from 0000 GMT Wednesday until at least 0600 GMT, opening up for traffic from Copenhagen and four other airports

ESTONIA – Airspace open until at least 0000 GMT Wednesday.

FINLAND – Airspace will be closed until at least 0600 GMT on Wednesday.

* FRANCE – Air France plans to run all long-haul flights on Wednesday, some flights to northern Europe remain suspended.

* GERMANY – Airspace restrictions will remain in place until 0000 GMT Wednesday.

HUNGARY – Hungarian airspace is fully open, the air traffic authority said around 0800 GMT on Tuesday.

* REPUBLIC OF IRELAND – Airspace reopened.

ITALY – Airspace has completely reopened.

LATVIA – Airspace open.

LITHUANIA – Airspace to remain open until at least 1800 GMT, when a new decision will taken.

LUXEMBOURG – Luxembourg Airport reopened at 0800 GMT, with flights due to start at 0900 GMT.

MOLDOVA – Moldova, which lies between Ukraine and Romania, resumed international flights from 0730 GMT.

MONTENEGRO – Airports open.

* NETHERLANDS – Passenger flights began on Monday. Night flights resumed on Tuesday.

NORWAY – Airport authority Avinor reopened all of Norway’s airspace for commercial traffic on Tuesday. The airspace will remain open until midnight GMT.

* POLAND – Will reopen airspace at 0500 GMT Wednesday.

ROMANIA – Airspace fully reopened.

RUSSIA – All airports open. Aeroflot is flying to the United States via the North Pole.

SERBIA – Airports open.

SLOVAKIA – Airspace and airports open as of 1240 GMT on Monday. Situation to be re-assessed at midnight GMT on Wednesday.

SLOVENIA – Slovenian airspace was opened at 1000 GMT on Tuesday. It had been partly closed since 0200 GMT Tuesday.

SPAIN – 17 airports open.

SWEDEN – Airspace open for flights north of a line stretching from Stromstad to Stockholm. High altitude flights over southern Sweden are allowed.

SWITZERLAND – Geneva and Zurich airports reopened on Tuesday morning though some flights were canceled at both.

TURKEY – All airports open. Planes flying out of the Black Sea cities of Samsun, Sinop and Zonguldak have been advised not to fly higher than 6,000 meters.

UKRAINE – Kiev’s Borispol airport open.

(Compiled by London Editorial Reference Unit)

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Latest List Of Airport And Airspace Status (2045 GMT Monday)

A good news for stranded passengers!

Please click here for ‘ Stranded Passengers At Airports in Europe-Photos’

There are going to be more flights in European airspace.

More airspace and airport are now opens.

Please click here for the latest list of airport and airspace status as of 2100 GMT Tuesday.

Anyway the volcano under the Eyjafilljallajokull glacier is still sending ash to European airspace.

Here is a list of countries as of 2045 GMT on Monday and their airspace status:


* Denotes new or updated item

AUSTRIA – Airspace open as of 0300 GMT Monday.

BELGIUM – Air space closed until Tuesday 0600 GMT. May then allow some planes to land and from 1200 GMT some to depart. Airlines have been allowed to bring planes back to Belgium without passengers or freight.

BOSNIA – Airports open.

BRITAIN – British airspace will start to reopen to flights from 0600 GMT Tuesday.

BULGARIA – All airspace and airports open.

CZECH REPUBLIC – Airspace and airports open as of 1000 GMT on Monday.

DENMARK – Airspace open for flights above 10,800 metres (35,500 feet). Airspace below this height closed all Monday.

ESTONIA – Airspace open from 0000 GMT to 0600 GMT Tuesday.

* FINLAND – Airspace closed until 1500 GMT Tuesday.

* FRANCE – Plans to progressively reopen airports and create air corridors from 0600 GMT. Air France will start resuming suspended flights from Tuesday.

* GERMANY – Airspace closed, with some exceptions, until at least 1200 GMT Tuesday.

HUNGARY – Airspace fully open as of 1000 GMT Monday.

IRELAND – Ryanair, Europe’s largest low-cost carrier, cancelled all flights to and from northern Europe until mid-Wednesday. Aer Lingus will operate full transatlantic schedule Tuesday. Aims to operate majority of European schedule after 1200 GMT. Airspace restrictions continue until 0400 GMT.

ITALY – Airspace to reopen from 0600 GMT.

LATVIA – Airspace closed at least until Monday 1800 GMT. Transit flights permitted above an altitude of 6 km.

LITHUANIA – Airspace open.

LUXEMBOURG – Airspace closed until Monday 1800 GMT.

MONTENEGRO – Airports open.

NETHERLANDS – Passenger flights left Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport from 1800 GMT Monday.

NORWAY – Air traffic open in most of Norway, including Oslo Gardermoen Airport, and looks set to stay open until midnight based on latest forecast, airport authority Avinor says. Only limited areas in northern Norway are closed for traffic.

POLAND – Four Polish airports including Warsaw and Krakow have reopened.

ROMANIA – Airspace fully reopened.

RUSSIA – All airports open. Aeroflot is flying to the United States via the North Pole.

SERBIA – Airports open.

SLOVAKIA – Eastern airspace open, as is the rest of its airspace for flights above 7,500 metres. Bratislava airport closed.

SLOVENIA – Slovenia expected another cloud of ash to reach its airspace around 1200 GMT Monday. It was then likely to close its airspace again, after opening it on Sunday night.

SPAIN – 17 airports open.

SWEDEN – Airspace open for flights north of a line stretching from the southern city of Gothenburg to Stockholm. Scandinavian Airlines resuming domestic flights in unrestricted airspace as well as flights between Stockholm and Oslo.

SWITZERLAND – Flight ban until at least 0600 GMT Tuesday. No instrument-guided flights will be allowed to land or take off at Swiss airports. Transit permitted at an altitude above 6,400 metres (21,000 feet).

TURKEY – All airports open. Planes flying out of the Black Sea cities of Samsun, Sinop and Zonguldak have been advised not to fly higher than 6,000 metres.

UKRAINE – Kiev’s Borispol airport open.

This list is from Reuters News.

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Volcano Eruption Closed Airports In Europe

Pictures Of The Volcano Under Eyjafijallajokull Glacier Eruption


Stranded Passengers At Airports in Europe-Photos

At Frankfurt airport
Camp beds in the transit area of the Frankfurt airport, Germany.

A stranded passenger reading a newspaper at Barcelona airport on April 18 ,2010.
Passengers queue at the airport of Prat Llobregat, near of Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 18, 2010. All flights in and out of Barcelona's El Prat and 16 other Spanish airports have been grounded due to a plume of volcanic ash drifting across Europe emanating from a volcanic eruption near the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in Iceland. The volcanic ash is a hazard to jet aircraft engines, causing the cancellation of many flights over the European airspace. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
Jenna Suttmeier , 21, right, and Shannon Grossman, 20, left, from Seattle, United States, play volleyball as they wait for their flight to Madrid at the Son Sant Joan Airport in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, on Sunday, April 18, 2010. Spain's airport authority has closed 12 airports as the ash cloud emerging from an Icelandic volcano reaches the north of the country. (AP Photo/Manu Mielniezuk)
A passenger making a phone call at an empty arrival hall in

Passengers enjoing the sun near the departures area at the Sant Joan airport on April 18, 2010.
Passengers enjoing the sun near the departures area at the Sant Joan airport on April 18, 2010.
Marc Fournier and his family wait for a flight to Geneva, Switzerland, at Barajas Airport, in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, April 18, 2010. Around 16 other Spanish airports have been grounded due to a plume of volcanic ash drifting across Europe emanating from a volcanic eruption near the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in Iceland. The volcanic ash is a hazard to jet aircraft engines, causing the cancellation of many flights over European airspace. (AP Photo/Arturo Rodriguez)
Fruits and drinks distributed to stranded passengers at the Frankfurt airport.

The volcano eruption under the Eyjafilljallajokull glacier in Iceland caused closed airports and airspace in Europe.

Millions of passengers had been stranded in airports around the world.

Nobody knows when they can reach home.

Please click here for the list of airport and airspace status as of 2030 GMT Sunday.

They sleep, read and even play volleyball in the airport.

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        Latest List Of Airspace And Airport Closed (1942 GMT Saturday)

        Most airports in Europe are still closed and some may not be open on Monday.

        Please click here for the new list of airport and airspace status as of 2030 GMT Sunday.

        I got this latest list from Reuters.

        I wonder when will this disaster ends?

        Here is a list of countries affected as of 1942 GMT on Saturday:

        BELGIUM – Airspace closed until at least 0600 GMT Sunday. Main airline, Brussels Airlines, cancels all flights until Monday.

        BELARUS – Airspace closed on Saturday for flights operating between 6,000 meters and 11,000 meters. Some routes east and south open.

        BRITAIN – Airspace closed until at least 0600 GMT Sunday. British Airways cancels all flights on Sunday.

        DENMARK – Airspace closed until at least 0600 GMT Sunday.

        ESTONIA – Airspace closed until at least 2400 GMT Saturday.

        FINLAND – Airspace closed until at least 1200 GMT Sunday.

        FRANCE – Paris airports will be closed until at least 0600 GMT Monday, as will Nice and Marseille and northern airports. Toulouse, Montpellier, Pau, Tarbes, Biarritz and Perpignan remain open.

        GERMANY – German airspace shut until at least 0600 GMT Sunday.

        IRELAND – Airspace closed until at least 1200 GMT Sunday.

        ITALY – Northern airspace closed until at least 0600 GMT Monday.

        LATVIA – Airspace closed Saturday.

        NETHERLANDS – Airspace closed until at least 0600 GMT Sunday.

        POLAND – Airspace closed since Friday, partial reopening possible on Sunday.

        PORTUGAL – Airports operating for flights to and from everywhere other than northern Europe.

        RUSSIA – All airports open.

        SLOVAKIA – Airspace closed as of 1300 GMT on Friday.

        SPAIN – Madrid airport open, but carrier Iberia cancels all its European flights except those to or from Portugal, southern Italy, Greece and Turkey. Seven airports in northern Spain were re-opened shortly 1900 GMT on Saturday after being closed at 1800 GMT.

        SWEDEN – Airspace closed on Saturday.

        SWITZERLAND – Airspace closed until at least 1200 GMT Sunday, except for aircraft able to fly at altitudes of 36,000 feet or higher.

        UKRAINE – Kiev airport closed to flights until at least 1200 GMT Saturday. Airports in Lvov, Odessa, Donestsk, Simferopol and Dnepropetrovsk also closed for an unspecified period.

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