FLOOD ALERT IN THE NETHERLANDS
- Heavy rain and storms on Thursday disrupted operations at Rotterdam, Europe's biggest port, held up flights from Amsterdam's Schiphol airport and forced Dutch authorities to evacuate people and livestock in case of floods. At least 13 ships could not leave or enter Rotterdam port because pilot services - required by large ships or those carrying hazardous materials - were on hold, the Reuters reports. Authorities in the Netherlands have warned farmers in several northern provinces to leave their homes and farms because strong winds and heavy rain have raised concerns of possible coastal flooding, the Voice of America reports. There are flood warnings for the Dutch west coast. Gales have also battered the UK, Belgium, France and Germany, the BBC says. Northern provinces in The Netherlands have had a month's average rainfall in recent days and the strong winds have hampered attempts to drain areas of reclaimed land. Water companies say they have pumped millions of gallons into the sea. Eleven ships were prevented from docking at the Rotterdam container terminal because of high water levels, it says.
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- 303 Baptism of King Drdat the Third, the First Christian King of Armenia.
- 1199 Coronation of King Levon the Second in the Cathedral of Cilicia.
- 1851 Birth of Petros Dooryan (poet) in Skootar (Constantinople). He died there in 1872.
- 1860 Abraham Mooradian published the "Paris" weekly in Paris.
- 1861 Birth of the philologist, teacher, and historian, Stepan Kanayan in Igdir. He was head of the newly created Public Library, and professional secretary of the Science and Art Institute.
- 1992 On this Christmas Day, the newly elected Parliament of Artsakh, expresses the will of the people as declared in the 1991 12 10 referendum and adopts the Declaration of Independence of Artsakh. Azerbaijan commences aerial and ground warfare by bombarding Armenian towns and villages in Artsakh, occupying half the territory of Artsakh, and creating a flood of refugees.
- 1992 Based on the vote for self-determination in Mountainous Gharabagh (Artsakh) carried out on 1991 12 10, the Supreme Council proclaims Independence.