Saturday, September 26, 2009

Floods in Northern Philippines

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More than a month's worth of rain fell in just 12 hours Saturday Sept. 26, 2009 as Tropical Storm Ketsana (locally known as Ondoy) slammed ashore in Manila, Philippines killing at least 40 people and stranding thousands on rooftops in the capital's worst flooding in more than 42 years. Commuters wade through waist-deep floodwaters.

Stranded residents called radio and television stations for help including popular actress Cristine Reyes who was tearfully appealed on ABS-CBN television from the roof of her two-story home, saying she and her mother and two young children had been waiting there for rescue for over six hours.

"If the rains do not stop, the water will reach the roof. We do not know what to do. My mother doesn't know how to swim," she said.

Manila airport runway also been flooded, that caused delaying international flights for hours and some electrical outages. Also nearly 2,000 passengers were stranded in ports.

The government declared a "state of calamity" in metropolitan Manila and 25 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.
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We all know that there are more than 20 typhoons pass the Philippines every year and around this month is the time of non stop rains and storm. And this is perhaps one of them that caused a lot of damages in the country. I feel bad with those people who are affected with this calamity. Hope the government will do something with the drainage and creeks to at least minimize floods in the future.


Cacai M. September 26, 2009 at 5:50 PM  

nah kadungog ko ani ganina sa plurk Tsang.. sus bah.. grabe jud diay ang baha oi.. Dios ko..

Momgen September 26, 2009 at 7:57 PM  

naguba gani amo balay shy unya wa ko sapi ikatabang...

Ms. Journ September 27, 2009 at 3:56 AM  

oi tsang... nabuing na akong ofimate naglakaw till leeg ang tubig nila. Sus pastilan hadluk jud kaau ning panghitabu-a tsang.
Kaorn ni aulan napud :-(.

Rechie September 27, 2009 at 5:43 AM  

naunsa naman tawon ni atong world sis oi..saon nalang ni

Seiko October 3, 2009 at 6:30 AM  

Grabeh talagang calamity ang inabot ng mga kababayan natinsa Pilipinas.Nakakaawa talaga.Thanks for asking about my family mommy,ok naman sila hindi naman sila naapektuhan masyado pag labas lang village sila nagkakaproblema kasi daw tumaas ang tubig outside the village kaya kailnagn daw nilang magbangka.Ikaw mommy kumusta ang family mo?

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