Manila:Bagyong Ondoy started with strong rainfalls night on September 25 2009. Many under-estimated its strength. Unexpectedly, downpours began that may compare to a month rainfalls. Many were stranded along the way but what the saddest happening when missing persons and death arises.
After my 7:30 to 10:30 class, i usually go to the computer shop in front of our school Far Eastern University (Manila) to play computer games. The rain is quite heavy but nothing surprised me yet. Normal traffic, normal crossing pedestrians, normal sidewalk vendors. Around 12:00 noon a friend of mine texted me that the class was already suspended and we are warned to go home early because of the typhoon. Since it was too early for us to go home we then continue playing. After 15 minutes, an explosion awakes us and smoke starts to enter inside the shop, many of the customers panic to go out and were shocked when we see the high flood along the road and start entering the shop. We have no idea whats happening outside till the MERALCO FUSE exploded that creates fire.
Many areas was fully flooded and people make their best to help each other to survive the calamity.
AFFECTED AREAS : Quezon City, Taytay Rizal, Marikina City, Ortigas Extension, Pasig City, San Jose Del Monte, Montalban Rizal and more in the provincial areas of Luzon.
A lot of people died and some are still missing. Many homes have gone wasted. Reports that missing people tried to escape the flooded area but were trapped in the middle of the sea like flood in the vicinity of Marikina and Rizal..
The Government tried sending rescues but were also trapped by the bumper to bumper traffic. It was flooded along the way..
With all these, it showed that our country is not ready to face these kind of disaster due to its lack of facilities and rescuers are being outnumbered by the affected areas.
Here’s a collection of pics I found all over the web.Please take note that I do not own these photos. I merely share this to give you all an idea of how bad things were when Typhoon Ondoy /Ketsana hit Metro Manila on the day of 26 September 2009.
Rains were constantly pouring down all night. As all the waters were pouring down into nearby creeks, canals and rivers, the banks started swelling up, spilling back all that water onto the surrounding areas. Hard hit were Marikina, Cainta, and areas of Pasig, then the areas of Makati, Mandaluyong, Manila and Quezon City. Just a few hours into the afternoon, the rest of the city was submerged in water.
Bagyong Ondoy's victims. A rescuer carrying a muddy little angel.
A view of Taft Avenue, in the area of De La Salle University, from above. What you don't see are the several levels of basement parking from all the nearby buildings all flooded up by the time this picture was taken.
That's a Honda CRV, submerged right in front of the gates of Xavier School in San Juan City.
Bus stranded in the street.
The Fort Area in Taguig. Never have I known this area to flood up. First time it ever happened, if my memory serves me right.
Quiapo Manila underpass.
Satellite image of the storm: Typhoon Ondoy/Ketsana was directly above Metro Manila, ready to drop all that rain down on an unsuspecting city.
It's heartbreaking to see this images. and people can only do so much to help. but this should be a rude awakening for the government of the Philippines. And you can't go against mother nature.
All we can do is pray, the only way of god to have unity, have faith to him,and he will show that we are all the same in his eyes no rich no poor,cos God loves us all,,dont blame anyone because no one wants this and hopefully all the donations came from other country will really help to those affected.
Bagyong Ondoy! - UERM (Sta. Mesa)
A photo shared by Jam Mercado. When the rains hit, ankle-deep floodwaters are a nuisance, but fairly manageable. What people didn't know was that there was a lot more rain coming through, and the results would be disastrous.
Katipunan Avenue, this time from above. You can see that tangle of vehicles attempting to head out towards the areas of Marikina, Cainta and Pasig. Motorists might not have been aware of it at the time, but the floodwaters in those areas were climbing at an alarming rate.
The corner of Buendia Avenue and the South Expressway usually floods up, yes, but not like this at all. The water was quickly rising up to chest-level, and vehicles unfortunate enough to get stuck there just had to be abandoned.
Even as floodwaters come crashing down towards low-lying areas, you can see how the sheer volume of water makes roads and sidestreets virtually impassible, as vehicles get knocked aside and even swept away in that rush of floodwater. This was taken in the area of Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City.
People stay on top of their roof to avoid the high strong moving flood.
All over the city, car owners woke up that morning to heavy rains that threatened to submerge their cars if they didn't move them quickly enough to higher ground. This one was taken in Valle Verde II, a residential village in Pasig City.