Typhoon Ondoy’s Anniversary

It was September 26 last year when Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana) hit the Philippines. It brought the worst rainfall to Metro Manila and nearby provinces and flooded the streets. The flood water reached 20 feet in some areas, the highest in history resulting to the loss of hundred of lives.

 

typhoon Ondoy flood

My Aunt’s house. The picture was taken from the second floor of my parents’ house across the street.

Typhoon Ondoy

The memorial park near our subdivision. The grounds were covered with green Bermuda grass before the typhoon. The estimated depth of flood when this picture was taken is two feet then it reached five feet later in the afternoon.

It was the worst tropical depression the Filipinos had experienced. I am hoping that it would be the last as well.

 

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Wrath of Typhoon Ondoy

I have good friends who extended their help and gave donations for my family. Thank you very much my dear friends. I was able to buy my family goods, rice and their other basic needs. I went back to my parents’ and siblings’ place after a week and brought the goods. To my dismay, the water is still knee level. It’s now black and smells like ditch water. I walked on that flood with my Mom and brothers. RJ road on a boat with the goods. 

The lady in black and white blouse with prints is my mom. RJ and the goods are on the boat.

My two brothers carrying the half sack of rice. The other half was carried by my cousin and my other brother.

 

My Aunt’s house during typhoon Ondoy…

 

Their house after typhoon Ondoy.

The place is now like a ghost town. Many vacated their houses especially those who are living on apartments. They have no electricity until now and the water is not safe to drink anymore.

Typhoon Ondoy left the country but still the Filipinos are feeling its wrath. Its aftermath is everywhere. There are tons of garbage on main roads and streets. The MMDA and local government units don’t know where to dump these garbage.

 

Many areas are still flooded. Big trucks and boats are now the mode of transportation in some places.

(courtesy of GMA7)
(courtesy of GMA7)

 

Properties and structures were damaged.

(courtesy of GMA7)
(courtesy of Reuters/John Javellana) 

It’s supposedly harvest season but the rice fields and other crops submerged in flood.

The total of Agri damages is P7.6 billion. (Agricultural losses from typhoon Ondoy reached P6.69 billion, while damages from typhoon Pepeng reach P1.14 billion).

The prices of basic commodities and vegetables increased by 10 to 50 percent.

The most hearth-breaking of them all…

Ondoy left homeless families…

and orphans.

In times like this, we need to help our countrymen and work hand in hand. We need to be still and strong. It’s not end of the world yet. This is just one of those trials and I know we can surpass this.

For my friends who are asking how we are doing, we are fine and safe. We have no internet connection since Saturday that’s why I can’t blog hop as of the moment. I am here at internet cafe. Just want to share some pictures with you. Please help those who are in need and please pray for our countrymen and for the Philippines.

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