Rain on…Manila

MANILA – 2 week long rains led to the worst floods the capital city of the Philippines has seen in 50 years and the unfortunate deaths of nine people. Only in the past three days have the flood waters really opened up leading to school and major business closing including the Philippine Stock Exchange.

Although all of the major metropolitan Manila suffered from the rain none as much as those in Quenzo City where landslides lead to the deaths of nine family members in a shanty house. The rubble has leveled most of the make-shift housing and left hundreds to thousands more homeless to some current estimates.

The north ocean front Malate neighborhood didn’t escape the effects of the rains as majors streets near the major Robinson’s Mall were flooded nearly knee high. The flooded streets made for difficult travel, if possible at all.

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Local business owners in Malate felt the sting for the third straight day in an already slow season for tourism and business. “There have been worst rains in Manila but not for this long,” said one business owner. “This is the worst flood I’ve seen in this area (Malate) in my life. I hope it ends soon!”

Continued rains canceled 76 international and domestic flights today according to Ninoy Aquino International Airport authorities. Buses and local mass transit have also delayed and or cancelled their scheduled routes to, from and around Manila bringing the city to a near stand still.

The rains can be attributed to a long lasting monsoon fueled by tropical storm “Haikui”  according to National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. The reports states to “expect landslides/flashfloods in mountainous areas and floods in low lying areas.”

According to the Office of the President of the Philippines, “On the basis of the best available information at the present time, and the recommendation and the forecast of PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration), the Office of the President will not issue a Memorandum Circular suspending work for government or the private sector today, August 8,” Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a statement.

President Benigno Simeon Aquino III and his offices have plenty on their plate as the rain continues. President Aquino III has stated that “P12.994 million (US$3 million) has been set aside for relief operations while a stand-by fund totaling P40 million (US$9.5 million), P35 million of which are goods and P5 million are cash funds, are readily available for consumption.” in another statement on the official site.

Joe Grez

Joe Grez

Joe Grzesik (JGrez) is still an artist developer trying to keep up with new technologies. Photography still has been one of his strongest passions. However, now his main focus has led him back to music where he teaches guitar, piano, saxophone and percussion privately. Music education can never be short changed.

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