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Oplan 2: October 1, 2009, Tumana and Rodriguez (Montalban)

The same folks who organized and implemented Oplan 1 also made this charity event possible. Barangay Tumana is part of Marikina City and one of the places that were hardest hit by flood waters from Typhoon Ondoy (Ketsana).

Rodriguez (formerly Montalban), Rizal province (To pay tribute to its first mayor, former Senator Eulogio Rodriguez, the name of the municipality was formally changed from Montalban to Rodriguez by virtue of Batas Pambansa Blg. 275, passed in September 1982.) is located on the slopes of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range where much of the uncontrolled logging takes place-illegal or otherwise. My guess, one the reason for the tragic flooding in many low lying areas.

Click on the gallery photos for a larger view. All photographs courtesy of Teng Paulino, 2009 and captured on the trusty photo-journalistic friendly Canon G10.

More photos from the catastrophic weekend~ Week-Ender#8, Tropical Storm Ondoy and The Aftermath.

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A Street level point of view.

Images captured on September, 28, 2009- Ondoy +2 days.

I went to visit an uncle yesterday in another part of Quezon City. I had heard before hand that their house had been submerged in the flood near the M.H. Del Pilar Street/Roosevelt Avenue area.

Driving through the guard house the street was already covered in a thick layer of mud and trash strewn about. Cars parked out on the curb were enveloped in a thin layer of dried mud stain, obviously submerged during the flooding.

As the street led me down the slight curve to the right I was stunned in disbelief. Cars, both old and new models were piled high forming a wall blocking the whole street. A sight I will never forget.

I backed up, parked my car nearby and walked the 2 blocks to my uncles house.

It used to be the drive way.

It used to be the drive way. Flood waters receded leaving mud everywhere.

The chain link acted as a trash filter when the flood reached over the height of this fence.

The chain link acted as a trash filter when the flood reached over the height of this fence.

Cleaning up but where to start?

Cleaning up but where to start?

Unlike our justice system, flood waters do not grant immunity.

Unlike our justice system, flood waters do not grant immunity.

Tidal surges left nothing unturned. Road too narrow for heavy equipment to dismantle the pyramid.

Tidal surges left nothing unturned. Road too narrow for heavy equipment to dismantle the pyramid.

Despite the humanly impossible, clean up begins. Surprisingly, the residents were in good spirits.

Despite the humanly impossible, clean up begins. Surprisingly, the residents were in good spirits.

“Hurricane Katrina dumped OVER AN INCH of rainfall in Louisiana for 3 hours and another 0.5 inches per hour over the next 5 hours on August 29, 2005. Ondoy dumped an AVERAGE OF 2.24 INCHES per hour for six hours… and is still going.” – Take a look at The Life & Times of The Renzie Man, he’s got good info. 

A VIEW FROM ABOVE

Typhoon Ondoy, flood destruction worst in more than 42 years.

Typhoon Ondoy, flood destruction worst in more than 42 years.

DONATE DONATE DONATE. Check out this PAGE for detailed information.

Typhoon Ondoy Emergency Hotlines and Relief Operations, from Sour Politics

Do take a look at the links above. They have all the donation centers listed in one place if you need or want to donate. Many (quite an understatement) do not have houses to go home to and are left with nothing. Rich or poor, it’s all the same.

Now, if only (all the stories of purported ill gotten wealth) our gracious and humble madam president could give for the well being of those who lost during Ondoy. Fat chance but just maybe.

These images were all captured on September 26, 2009. Lucky for me, these were shot from the top of a building. They are just a conservative view of the flood waters that hit many urban areas throughout the day and well into the night. Especially in Marikina and Pasig City where rescuers had a tough time getting to victims. Even relief centers were not immune to the surging tide.

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Ferrying people to dry land. The deepest part of Quezon Avenue.

Shot at around 1700. Before that only 8 wheeler trucks could move in the flood.

Shot at around 1700. Before that only 8 wheeler trucks could move in the surging flood.

Quezon Avenue, The Great Eastern Hotel

Quezon Avenue, The Great Eastern Hotel. Dry and safe where many stayed to wait for waters to subside.

This street, parallel to Quezon Avenvue, was also flooded. Here, it's starting to subside.

This street, parallel to Quezon Avenvue, also flooded. Starting to go down at sunset.

More images in WEEK-ENDER #8, September 27, 2009.

“MANILA, Philippines – Tropical storm “Ondoy” (international codename: Ketsana) left the country yesterday, leaving behind a trail of 95 people dead, 29 missing, and some 247,555 affected families.

The figures, however, could go higher as reports from the provinces have yet to reach the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) as of press time.” – ‘Ondoy’ leaves 95 dead; 247,555 affected by floods’ By James Mananghaya (The Philippine Star) Updated September 28, 2009 12:00 AM

More images of the devastation from Yahoo News.

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.

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