The country has been experiencing continuous rain since last week with Typhoon Gener (international name Saola). It has been reported that more than half of the rain expected for the month of August has already fallen in Manila, the country’s capital, for the last 24 hours.
The entire National Capital Region and neighboring provinces are being hit by torrential rains which cause extreme flooding in the areas. Most roads are impassable – from ankle to chest-deep of flood, contributing to lots of people stranded outside.
Not only that, rivers like Marikina and Tullahan got swollen and made bordering cities submerged in waist to neck-deep floods. Some areas were even worse – two-storey houses in villages get underwater.
However, it was worth noting that all these happened even though there’s no typhoon in the Philippines. Incessant downpour has been caused by a strengthened monsoon. The capital and nine surrounding provinces have been waterlogged due to bad drainage system and the fact that neighboring dams had overflowed and released water to maintain its level capacity.
As a result, hundreds of families have been evacuated.
The Philippine army, along with the country’s National Disaster Risk Reduction Council (NDRRC), helped rescue the victims of floods and mudslides spawned by the seasonal monsoon. Concern citizens also extended help to their countrymen.
Despite all this, Filipinos are still able to smile and wipe off the stress brought by Nature. Being an optimistic nation, people still believe that the country will be able to surpass this calamity. Here are some of funny photos found over the Internet showing how people can still laugh in the situation they’re in.
Indeed, Filipinos can still see the bright side of what happened. This proves how strong and faithful to God the people are in desperate times.
*to follow: my August 6 flood experience.