The monsoon surge has brought a significant amount of rainfall in the area. The entire street fronting our apartment all the way to Taft Avenue (in the vicinity of De La Salle University) was flooded with knee-deep to waist-deep waters.
Early this morning, we went out of the apartment's lobby to take some pictures of the scenes in the neighborhood.
|Bring in the boats|
|Ongoing excavation of Maynilad making this intersection dangerous|
|Rushing flood waters along Estrada Street|
|Waterworld: Habagat Floods|
|Strangers helping strangers|
|Tuloy lang mga tsong: May liwanag ang buhay|
|Making sure they are dry: inflatable raft passing by|
Later, these pictures which I eventually uploaded via twitter were also featured on National TV (ABS-CBN's TV Patrol) during primetime news, along with other pictures from other people who were also victims of the flood. They were again featured in the late night news (ABS-CBN's Bandila).
In times like this, everyone must be conscious about their safety and health. Among the dangers this disaster can bring are water-borne diseases such as Leptospirosis and skin diseases. Of course, trauma due to debris in rushing flood waters or flood-related accidents is a top cause of death during this situation. For those who are without shelter and defense against the cold rain and flood waters, hypothermia can also be a risk factor. What everyone needs now are shelter and protection from the bad weather. Evacuating to safer grounds is a priority. Once in safe grounds, other basic needs will follow.
As of writing, flood waters seem to be receding. Hopefully, tomorrow morning, things will be better.
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