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“Sweltering temperatures and a severe water crisis have claimed more than 300 lives in India. Officials have banned daytime cooking in some parts of the country to prevent accidental fires that have killed 80 more people… temperatures since the start of April have reached 44 degrees Celsius (111 Fahrenheit)” (Deutsche Welle, May 1, 2016). “The water crisis is very bad here. Wells have dried up in almost every household. The water from hand pumps is not fit for drinking or for other chores. The few areas which have access to water also don’t get usable water” (ibid.). “Vietnam’s breadbasket southwestern region has [also] been hit by the worst drought in 90 years, badly damaging the nation’s economy” (Business Insider, April 27, 2016). “Water levels in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, a region that accounts for 50% of the country’s rice and fruit production, 90% of its rice exports, and 60% of shrimp and fish exports, are at their lowest levels since 1926… ‘People in Indonesia and the Philippines will go hungry if the Thais and Vietnamese don’t produce enough rice,’ Richard Cronin, director of the Southeast Asia Program at the Stimson Center in Washington, told Bloomberg” (ibid.).

Famines are one of the many signs of the last days predicted by Jesus Christ (Matthew 24:6-7). Sadly, each of the signs will be accompanied by much human suffering. This is why Jesus taught His disciples to pray “Your kingdom come” (Matthew 6:10). For encouraging news about what the world will be like after these end-time catastrophes, watch “The Soon-Coming Utopia.