Tropical Storm’s Hysteria Philippines.
Babel-Fish | September 28, 2009 at 09:29 pmby
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Many people in Asia feel that typhoon Ondoy an omen of things to come.
Typhoon Ondoy (international code name Ketsana) dumped 334 millimeters of rain in the first six hours, the highest ever recorded rainfall in the Metropolis. The previous record was 341 millimeters over a 24 hour period 42 years ago. Ondoy submerged up to 80% of the city, and covered areas that never experienced flooding before, stranding people on rooftops and bringing death and misery to rich and poor alike. Even after the waters subsided, Metro Manila and the outlying regions were largely unprepared to handle the evacuees, the injured, and much less the contamination that the floodwaters brought.
The problem in the Philippines has always been in cities that are built mainly on low lying land and around a large river or large rivers. Drainage can never be good enough to shift the large amounts of water that some tropical storms dump from the skies. Mostly drainage is not very good in the Philippines any way. Every mayor in every city that is prone to flooding has had to try to deal with the flooding problems. But it’s the lack of money to secure river banks and to build monsoon drainage. Then when there is money for drainage projects corruption milks off much of the funds and that leads to poor structures.
The real worry is the world climate change theory looks to have much truth and that Tropical Storms are dumping increasing amounts of rain on the Philippine islands.
Big Cities such as Cebu City are getting prepared for the worst of course within the limit of man power and resources.
CEBU CITY -- Acting City Mayor Michael Rama advised Cebuanos Monday to be prepared for catastrophes and draw up contingency plans as early as now.
The preparedness, he said, is made more crucial as the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) has warned that more typhoons will hit the country in the next three months.
Davao City is as equally prone to flooding as Manila and of course the administration is worried….
DAVAO CITY -- The massive flooding that hit Metro Manila over the weekend can also happen here, a city councilor said Monday as the country’s capital is still reeling from Typhoon Ondoy’s devastating effects.
City Councilor Leonardo R. Avila III said that if there will be heavy rainfall, like what happened in Metro Manila last week, low-lying areas in the city will be inundated
With the Philippine government needing to appeal for money to aid the relief after the Typhoon Ondoy natural disaster there is a threat of a new storm that could strike Manila this week. Hysteria set’s in deep here in Dumaguete City we are prone to flooding on a less threatening scale but the Filipino’s that live in the flood threat area’s are very concerned as they have already been flooded out this year. Some had their bamboo houses float away and many small shop owner lost stock.
MANILA -- The government appealed for international help Monday after Typhoon Ondoy killed 140 people in Luzon and warned a new storm could strike this week, with thousands of Filipinos still displaced from their homes.
Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro told a news conference Monday that help from foreign governments will ensure that the Philippine government can continue its relief work.
Every year life is lost because of tropical storms and it does seem to be a worsening factor that could be linked to global warning. Mud slides and flood’s are certainly on the increase and any hysteria is much warranted.
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