Philippine News: World-Record Rainfall In The Philippines Brings Serious Flooding To Country
Ondoy – not such a flashy name, but it’s definitely a name that won’t ever be forgotten. Typhoon Ondoy was responsible for the serious flooding of Metro Manila and various parts of the Philippines in world-record-breaking fashion.
The very famous Hurrican Katrina that devastated Louisiana dumped over an inch of rainfall for 3 hours and another .5 inches per hour over the next 5 hours back in 2005. Ondoy dumped an average of 2.24 inches per hour for six hours, and is still going – although at a lesser rate.
Of course, if you were anywhere in Metro Manila yesterday, I’m sure you would’ve felt the havoc and disaster caused by Ondoy. Several homes were flooded which forced residents to climb to the roofs of their houses. Traffic was at a standstill as cars stalled and were buried under the flood water. Then thousands upon thousands of people had to endure waist-high (even neck-high) flooding.
The local TV news will show you ghastly images, and certainly there are thousands of pictures and videos being uploaded to show you the kind of impact Ondoy had.
On a personal note – I believe I was rather fortunate. I had left my home at 830 in the morning to set up for the Earthdance Manila event. I met up with my good friend Vernon “DJ Spoonman” Perez as were to oversee the ingress of equipment and booths at the La Mesa Eco Park in Quezon City – a good two hours away from my house under regular traffic.
However, the build up of rain by 9:30 already made roads impassable as floodwaters began to rise. I was lucky enough to seek shelter away from the traffic on our way back to Makati – failing even to reach halfway to the La Mesa Eco Park. We were coordinating with Earthdance organizers to agree to postpone the event, which was quickly agreed upon considering the storm that was brewing (literally!).
Traffic didn’t ease up, and we mananged to reach Makati by noon. We were stranded there for a good part of the day. It wasn’t until the evening (around 7PM) that I thought of making the trek back home to Paranaque, but was concerned with the closure of the South Super Highway due to heavy floods and congested traffic. I was also informed that my mother and my sister were trying to check in at a Makati hotel, having left their vehicle in the Taft area flood, and just commuting via MRT and LRT to Makati amidst the stampeding mob of wet commuters. Luckily for them, I was able to get them in the car and find an easy route back home via the Skyway. All in all – it took me the regular 30 minutes to return home from Makati what others took 4 to 5 hours. Like I said – I was one of the fortunate ones.
For several thousands of people – typhoon Ondoy meant losing cars, losing homes and even losing the lives of loved ones.
At present, the Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Navy, Philippine National Red Cross, Philippine Air Force,Armed Forces of the Philippines and Metro Manila Developmental Authority are conducting rescue operations along with key local government units. Aspiring presidentiables have also cracked open their mouths to invite everyone to contribute relief goods and assistance to the disaster victims, although I have some skepticism if some donations will go directly into their campaign funds. Maybe not a lot, but maybe some.
In any case, there are serious issues that will need to be resolved following this calamity. In the meantime, considering contacting these groups on information about rescue operations and relief assistance:
National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) Emergency Numbers: 912-5668, 911-1406, 912-2665, 911-5061.
Red Cross Flood Rescue Donations: text RED <Space> AMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4483 (Smart)
To See The BBC Video of Ondoy’s Devastating Effects, Click Here.