Record rainfall: more than 60% of Philippine capital under water

August 20, 2013 MANILAFlooding caused by some of the Philippines’ heaviest rains on record submerged more than half the capital Tuesday, turning roads into rivers and trapping tens of thousands of people in homes and shelters. The government suspended all work except rescues and disaster response for a second day. Officials reported at least seven people dead, 11 injured and four missing. The dead included a 5-year-old boy whose house was hit by a concrete wall that collapsed. His two adult relatives also were injured. Throughout the sprawling, low-lying capital region of 12 million people, floodwaters made most of the roads impassable and reached waist- or neck-deep along rivers and creeks. Authorities opened more than 200 evacuation centers in Manila and surrounding provinces filled with tens of thousands of people, Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman said. Overall, more than 600,000 people have been affected by the floods. “I had to wade through waist-deep flood. I just need to go to the house of my boss … to get some money, then go home,” said Esteban Gabin, a 45-year-old driver, who was plotting the best route to check on his family in Pampanga province, northwest of Manila. “But I may have to swim to reach my home because we live near the Pampanga River, and the flood there could reach up to neck deep.” The flooding followed two nights of heavy monsoon rains, enhanced by Tropical Storm Trami. The storm hovered over the North Philippine Sea and drenched the main northern island of Luzon with up to 30 millimeters (just over an inch) of rain per hour.
It was forecast to move away from the Philippines toward Taiwan on Wednesday. In many coastal towns along swollen Lake Laguna, near Manila, and in food-growing riverside provinces, residents were trapped on rooftops, waded through the streets or drifted on makeshift rafts. Many chose to stay close to their homes for fear they would be looted if they left. Floodwaters had subsided late Monday but the night of pounding rains Tuesday repeated the deluge. Authorities said that up to 60 percent of the capital region was submerged. Flooding has become more frequent in Manila because of deforestation of mountains, clogged waterways and canals where large squatter communities live, and poor urban planning. “We’re surprised by the rainfall. Some areas experienced record levels,” said Science Secretary Mario Montejo. According to an assessment from the Department of Science and Technology, rainfall reached 600 mm (23.62 inches) in and around Manila Bay on Sunday alone — more than a month’s worth of rain in a day. That’s compared to the disastrous 2009 Typhoon Ketsana, the strongest cyclone to hit Manila in modern history with 455 mm of rain in 24 hours. Many domestic and international flights at Ninoy Aquino International Airport were cancelled. Key roads leading to the airport are flooded and passengers and crew are inevitably delayed. The Philippine archipelago is among the most battered by rainstorms in the world. About 20 tropical cyclones hit the country every year. –ABC News
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6 Responses to Record rainfall: more than 60% of Philippine capital under water

  1. Shad Moore says:

    I hope the government in higher office will truely help (especially the 5 Senators involving the Pork barrel scam) not only for media publicity or any act to mislead the people in the Philippines. Filipinos by nature are hardworking, brilliant and even the country is wonderful. so sad to know that country is one of the corrupt country in Asia.

  2. The rain seems abnormal compared last year. It’s so strong!

  3. dongoliveros says:

    And the forecast said the rain will continue until thursday afternoon(local time). I hope my relative’s and all the people there are just fine.God bless…

  4. Faye Brown says:

    The age of Aquarius AKA Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ AKA age of the floods … deep-rooted myths within the ancient tribes of the world describe a cataclysmic floods that engulfed worlds during these time …but this knowledge was shunned because they didn’t understand the celestial mysteries associated with the retuning of this Divine Star Traveler .. do we dare to think outside the box for a truth kept from mainstream … where quantum physic holds the answer of how Barriers of vast Bubble Enclosures not only contains an open atmosphere referred to as a Heaven … but also holds in place a hidden celestial social world … both of which are tucked away in space within space just above a specific land … both hidden in their own interdimensional “fig leaf”, where walls of such Bubble Barriers are sustained in an H20 Quantum flux, AKA sea of Living Waters .. and when the quantum state of water barriers began to lower in frequency, the quantum state of H20 began to break down … and that abundance of Still Waters began to fall to the land below as a flood … and that these hidden celestial worlds would bow themselves to the earth for the transition stage which marks the return of Jesus of Nazareth …

  5. John Paily says:

    When heat is exponentially increased it is expected the evaporation rate increases. All the water evaporated has to condense and fall. Destruction we see is on expected line even from common sense point of view. We are heading for sudden peak and fall of energy leading to huge fire and flash floods, earth quake and volcanic eruption – I wonder why intellectuals are not awakening – http://www.boomerwarrior.org/2013/08/energy-to-matter-ratio-a-new-vision-to-understand-global-warming/

  6. Karen Smith says:

    Whistleblower from World Bank mentioned the name of Lucio Tan is one involving corruption worth 900,000,000 USD.

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