Flood covers some part of Philippines due to storm Ondoy
September 26, 2009, storm Ondoy strikes Philippine. Rain keeps on falling for almost 2 days that causes flood in Manila and the nearby towns. 53 dead are reported as of today and 24 missing persons.
Most people were trapped at the roof of their houses because the flood flows on the second floor of most houses particularly in Marikina City. Some who tried to escape swept away by the flood. Some stayed for 12-15 hours at their roof. Most of them were cold and hungry. Rescuers weren’t able to rescue them earlier due to the current flow of the water.
Many people have been devastated, with houses destroyed, vans and cars overturned and streets left awash with debris and mud. The buildings were smashed against the pillars of a bridge, and it was unclear whether the people were rescued.
Today, still there are many residents remained on rooftops as rescuers waded in muddy floodwaters. The water is muddy and thick that the rescuers had to push their rubber boats in neck-deep flood waters. The water is taking a long time to go down.
Most roads in Metro Manila are still impassable because of the flood and mud. Classes for tomorrow are suspended until Tuesday. Most establishments were closed. The authorities declared
42 years ago (since 1967)… the same tragedy happened but this one is worst than before. This unexpected floodwater quickly overflows the most part of Marikina, Quezon City, Rizal, etc. that gave a hard time for the rescuers to rescue the victims. Most victims turn to media for quick help. Hundreds of texts, emails, phone calls were receive by media. It’s a good thing that mobile phones were born.
People who were fortunate enough to be in safer areas sent a inundation of reports and texts to media networks and disaster agencies of stranded people requiring abrupt rescue operations. People offered food to each other, sharing whatever little they had. People living in higher areas opened their doors to flooded neighbors, giving up their space and privacy in the meantime in the middle of a disaster. Some offered their roofs as temporary shelter as flood swallowed up entire houses.
In some part of the Philippines that are not affected (like my hometown), all we can offer is a prayer for them. But aside from prayers… we can also share some used clothes, blankets and foods.