Typhoon Ondoy devastates National Capital Region, Philippines

Not the strongest typhoon to hit the NCR but the most destructive.

The winds were not as strong as other typhoons but the rain fall was another story. Many areas were heavily flooded-homes were rendered useless as waters were as high as rooftops of 2 story houses. Stranding people on top of their roofs for 16-24 hours with many having to spend the night without food.

“The 16.7 inches (42.4 centimeters) of rain that swamped metropolitan Manila in just 12 hours on Saturday exceeded the 15.4-inch (39.2-centimeter) average for all of September, chief government weather forecaster Nathaniel Cruz said, adding that the rainfall broke the previous record of 13.2 inches (33.4 centimeters) in a 24-hour period in June 1967.” – www.huffingtonnews.com

I grabbed my camera at 1300 yesterday, when the rain was at it’s heaviest to see what was happening at street level. What I found scared and surprised me (in that order). Before I chickened out to head home I snapped a few more frames.

As I type right this minute, rain is starting to fall once more and many, according to TV news reports, are still stranded in flood waters.

Quezon City, Timog/Scout area, 1347 hrs.

Quezon City, Timog/Scout area, 1347 hrs.

Quezon City, Timog/Scout Area, 1350hrs.

Quezon City, Timog/Scout Area, 1350hrs.

Quezon City, Timog/Scout Area, 1350 hrs.

Quezon City, Timog/Scout Area, 1350 hrs.

Quezon City, Timog/Scout Area, 1350 hrs.

Quezon City, Timog/Scout Area, 1350 hrs.

Quezon City, Timog/Scout Area, 1405 hrs.

Quezon City, Timog/Scout Area, 1405 hrs.

Quezon City, Quezon Avenue skyline, 1411 hrs.

Quezon City skyline, 1611 hrs.

Quezon City, Quezon Avenue corner West Avenue, 1615 hrs.

Quezon City, Quezon Avenue corner West Avenue, 1615 hrs.

Quezon CIty, Quezon Avenue corner West Avenue, 1435 hrs.

Quezon CIty, Quezon Avenue corner West Avenue, 1635 hrs.

As if the state of calamity wasn’t enough, a raging fire tore through part of the city last night. I witnessed the fire going on for about 3 hours before being too sleepy to check. Fire fighters, government and volunteer, were all out rescuing flood victims in other parts of the city. I do hope some arrived to put out the blaze but this morning at 0600 that area was still billowing white smoke.

Quezon City, Arenate Avenue/Banawe Stree Area, 2005 hrs.

Quezon City, Arenate Avenue/Banawe Stree Area, 2005 hrs.