Typhoon Ondoy / Tropical Storm Ketsana leaves Northern Philippines in a state of Calamity
September 27, 2009 10:51 PM Subscribe
posted by drea (23 comments total)
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410mm of rain fell over Northern Luzon, Philippines on September 25, 2009, leaving much of the country's capital and the surrounding regions submerged in water, reaching up to nine feet in some areas. As of latest coverage, over 100 were killed and 340,000 affected by the Typhoon.
This amount has been the highest recorded amount of rainfall since the country's weather Bureau started recording rainfall levels in 1967, and exceeds the rainfall level of Hurrican Katrina (380mm). Two more tropical depressions could be under way in the midst of Ondoy's wake.
As of now, there are still families stranded on the rooftops of their homes without food and potable water. Most relief aid is coming from volunteers. As for the country's president? She used the Php800M(USD16.8M) emergency fund for foreign trips.
See the damage
International News Coverage: NYT Reuters CNN BBCHere are locations in the Philippines placed under a state of calamity due to Typhoon Ondoy/Tropical Storm Ketsana.
Here's a situation map of those affected in Metro Manila / Marikina
(hardest hit by the flood). Conversely, a Google map of drop-off points for donations.
Send relief (local / international) : How to
Aggregated information at Ondoy Relief
. Typhoon Ondoy
. Ondoy Tumblr
At this point, Social Media (facebook, twitter, etc.) has been helping more than cellphones, landlines, which are dead. Telecom infrastructure could not support calamity.
The massive number of volunteers and donations is offsetting the incapacity of the government to help. Filipinos call it the bayanihan spirit. And so I leave you with this post on the matter
that will hopefully stir and inspire us all.