Sunday, September 27, 2009

Typhoon ONDOY ravages LUZON

My HEART & PRAYERS go out to all the the victims of Typhoon Ondoy, as well as their families & friends... Ondoy passed through the Philippines and caused so much havoc and deaths over the weekend... here's bits & pieces of news I have read so far from Yahoo Philippines.
About 34.1 centimeters of rain fell on Metro Manila in just six hours, close to the 39.2-centimeter average for the entire month of September. The previous record was 33.4 centimeters recorded during a 24-hour period in June 1967, according to chief government weather forecaster Nathaniel Cruz. “However good your drainage system is, it will be overwhelmed by that amount of rainfall,” he said.

All 3 Airports in Manila were forced to closed, cancel flights and divert flights, as flooding affected the electrical system. Even sea travels were cancelled leaving thousands of commuters stranded in outlying provinces. All schools were closed down. In Metro Manila, many vehicles were stalled due to flooding of the car engines which, according to the Philippine Red Cross, caused difficulties in the relief efforts as many stalled vehicles are blocking the already flooded streets.

The Philippine government declared a "state of calamity" in metropolitan Manila and 25 storm-hit provinces. Army troops, police and civilian volunteers have rescued more than 5,100 people.
If interested in HELPING OUT or SENDING on Donations - Pls Click on this LINK for a LISTING OF VERIFIED RELIEF CENTERS... or contact your local RED CROSS.