Am now resting after getting stranded in Quezon City because of the flood which submerged many areas in Metro Manila and other places in Luzon, Philippines. Some of the people I spoke with said that the last time their place got flooded was 12 to 15 years ago.
Water entered the homes of several of my friends. It’s a good thing kind-hearted neighbors helped them move their appliances to higher ground. Some motorists who were stranded in the flooded streets were pleasantly surprised when people in the nearby houses went out of their homes and offered juice drinks and sandwiches to the famished motorists.
Abe Olandres shared some video footage (in his Samsung IT100 Digital Compact Camera blog post) of flooded streets at Evangelista, Bangkal, Makati City around noon today caused by Typhoon Ondoy.
SMART and Globe cell phones seem to be on the blink, because sometimes I’m unable to send SMS text (SMART to SMART, or Globe to Globe). I’m also unable at times to make a voice call.
Thankfully, the cell phones are able to call landlines.
Let’s all pray for those whose homes have been damaged by the floods, and also for those who do not have a roof over their heads and are still stranded in the cold, pouring rain…
» Typhoon Ondoy Emergency Hotlines and Relief Operations
“It has been raining the whole day. Tropical Storm Ondoy has wreak havoc across Metro Manila, and provinces around. Here are the key numbers to contact for information, rescue operations, relief services, donations.”
In Yahoo News (Saturday, 26 September 2009)…
Thousands flee heavy Philippines rain, flooding
“Nearly a month’s worth of rain fell in just six hours Saturday on the Philippine capital, stranding thousands on rooftops in the city and elsewhere as Tropical Storm Ketsana slammed ashore. The government declared a “state of calamity” in metropolitan Manila and about two dozen storm-hit provinces, said Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro, who heads the National Disaster Coordinating Council. That allows officials to withdraw emergency money for relief and rescue.”
Stay home, don’t clog roads, NDCC chief urges public
“As rains continued to pour over Luzon, the National Disaster Coordinating Center (NDCC) on Saturday urged residents of Metro Manila and nearby areas to stay home if there is nothing urgent for them to do outside.”
Philippine storm causes widespread flooding
“Hundreds of people fled their homes Saturday after overnight rains brought by Tropical Storm Ketsana flooded Manila and areas in the northern Philippines. Water was chest-deep in low-lying areas of the capital and part of nearby Rizal province, said Anthony Golez, deputy presidential spokesman.”