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REMEMBERING TYPHOON ONDOY-1 YEAR AFTER

Typhoon Ondoy (international name: Ketsana) in September of 2009 was the most destructive in Philippine history. The flooding by rain water would not have been on such a catastrophic level if not for the careless release of 3 dams in the middle of the night. Below some of my photographs from 2009.

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Ondoy poured 16.7″ of rain in 12 hours and with overflowing water levels, dams in the surrounding areas of Metro Manila released the excess. Rivers and storm drains were grossly polluted from years of careless trash disposal and neglect. All that water had no where to go but flood cities and towns in it’s path.

During the initial days of flooding, basic goods were donated to groups of concerned citizens who brought them to the hardest hit areas of Cainta, Rizal, Marikina, and Antipolo. Majority of government rescue and relief efforts thwarted without proper readiness and equipment. Members of the police and military forces acted on their own accord to rescue citizen with some sacrificing their lives.

Many areas were without electricity, food and shelter for months after Ondoy. Let Typhoon Ondoy be a reminder to all Filipinos that years of neglect will eventually lead to consequences that will affect many. Ondoy should serve as a stark reminder of proper disposal of trash and the responsibility of a government for it’s citizens well being.

Oplan 3: October 6, 2009, Jalajala & Pililia, Rizal Province

A short message from the organizers of the 3 Oplans I’ve featured here on my blog:

“We were able to, once again, gather blessings from people and distribute them to the farthest region Rizal (Jalajala and Pililia) with the kind assistance of Red Cross Rizal Chapter and the military personnel of Camp Capinpin. We can never thank everyone enough, but just the same, THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!” -Teng Paulino

Goods donated:

  • 654 sets-Food bags with bottled water
  • 156 sets – Male used clothing
  • 180 sets – Female used clothing
  • 95 sets – Baby old clothes with new blankets, used slippers & shoes

The preparation of goods and logistical planning for Oplan 3 took 2 days of organizing. On October 6, full of relief goods, the convoy of private, red cross vehicles and military trucks arrived at the 2 destinations in Rizal province.

Below were the photographs taken during the sorting of goods, travel to Rizal and the handing out of goods. Do click on the photos for a larger view.

Have a look at their first 2 relief adventures in Oplan 1 and Oplan 2.

All photographs were captured with a Canon G10 and all rights reserved.

On another front, the long over due Tarantino flick, Inglourious Basterds is finally here and for a great cause. There is good in some violence after all. Or maybe we are getting the drummed down version of the MTRCB. A Tarantino movie just isn’t much without the gore and violence.

Inglourious Basterds“MANILA, Philippines – Renowned filmmaker Quentin Tarantino has pledged to do his share to help the Philippines recover from the devastation left by “Ondoy.”

Tikoy Aguiluz, festival director of the Cinemanila International Film Festival which is now on its 11th year, announced this yesterday at the press conference for the event, which is set Oct. 15 to 25 at the Market! Market! Cinemas in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

“Tarantino is donating the proceeds from the premiere of his film, Inglorious Basterds, to the victims of typhoon Ondoy,” said Aguiluz.

The film, which stars Brad Pitt, premieres Oct. 16, 8 p. m. at Market! Market! Cinemas. The film is set in German-occupied France and depicts the attempt to carry out two assassination plots against the Nazi political leadership.” – Philstar.com, October 14, 2009

Oplan 1: September 27, 2009, Baranka, Marikina

Typhoon Ondoy + 1 day.

A group of private citizens organized themselves and went on a shopping spree at a supermarket in Quezon City. Hording basic essential food stuffs like powdered milk, bottled water and canned goods. Unfortunately, check out lanes were backed up and a few hours were spent inching towards the register.

The group braved the crowds and brought the supplies to their HQ for repacking. Each plastic bag were filled with as much essentials as possible. Hoping that people who receive them would be at least be satisfied for part of a day.

That same night, off they went to Marikina in their own private vehicles stuffed with relief goods. Navigating through severely flooded streets in a city without electricity they finally arrived at their destination.

This group is not part of any government lighting response program(took the government awhile to respond, actually). Part of the groups of people responsible for helping starving and homeless Ondoy victims are just your regular neighborly bunch. Asked friends and relatives to donate in kind or cash and they did all the leg work.

Marikina, as of October 8, 2009, is still in a state of flood (stagnant water) and disarray. Still many of it’s inhabitants in makeshift shelters and sustenance from relief goods. I honestly don’t think life will return to normal anytime soon. Optimistically, I’d say first quarter of 2010, maybe.

A grim holiday season for many in and around Metro Manila for 2009.

Do click on the gallery for a larger view. Just in case you are wondering, the photos were captured with a Canon G10.

My fair share of photographs from the catastrophic weekend~ Week-Ender#8, Tropical Storm Ondoy and The Aftermath.

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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