Typhoon Ondoy devastates Philippines

Thousands of people have been forced from their homes as flooding caused by heavy rain brought chaos to the Philippines capital Manila.

Thousands of Pinoys are suffering after the devastation of Typhoon Ondoy hitting Philippines. In the latest updates, people in Manila and nearby towns were marooned by flashfloods after Typhoon Ondoy made its way to Luzon.

According to an article from BBC News, At least five people have been killed and thousands evacuated as floods caused by heavy rain brought chaos to the Philippines. One town is said to be completely under water. Power has been cut off to parts of the capital, Manila, where hundreds of people are trapped on rooftops. The government has declared a calamity, allowing access to emergency funds. Nearby 2,000 people were evacuated and hundreds more were stranded on rooftops. Mayor Mon Ilagan of the town of Cainta, in Rizal province to the north, told local media his town was “almost 100% under water”.

Thousands of vehicles have been stranded on the country’s roads.

Quoted by the Associated Press news agency, deputy presidential spokesman Anthony Golez said two people died south of Manila, and three others in Quezon City. Local radio reported 10 deaths, mostly in Manila. Roads leading into Manila were rendered impassable by stalled vehicles, and some flights and ferry services were cancelled.

Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) states that typhoon Ondoy continues to move with a maximum sustained winds of 85 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 100 kph. and is expected to leave the country’s area of responsibility by Monday morning. The following video is raw footage of Typhoon Ondoy’s devastation in Metro Manila.

Sources:
PhilStar
REUTERS
BBC NEWS

UPDATE: Thanks to news from our friend, Lorely Garrote Trinidad who is a Fil-Am artist currently living in the Philippines, we are able to receive updates on Typhoon Ondoy. The following is her update on the devastating events of Typhoon Ondoy:

Dear Friends and Family,

I am fine. I am in Bohol. I am writing this in my comfortable hotel room at a resort on a hill atop an island. When the sun comes up in a couple hours, I will look outside my window to see grey skies, heavy waves and will say a prayer for those not as fortunate. Luckily, Bohol is a good hour’s flight away from Manila. Think LA to SF. But it’s been raining pretty hard for the past few days. So hard, that I’m actually wearing sweaters.

“Typhoon Ondoy” has hit the northern part of the country. All I see on the news is people stranded on rooftops, familiar city streets looking like rivers, people crying. Desparation. Hopelessness. Desparation.

I have loved ones in Manila who, thank goodness, are safe but have lost everything to the floods. I’ve heard similar stories of evacuations and loss and near-misses.

This country, as some of you know has it’s share of problems. The people, less fortunate. The economy, not so hot. The government? Don’t even get me started. And now, this.

I couldn’t muster up the words to describe how I’m feeling right now. Helplessness, perhaps? But I think Lille says it best.

All my love from halfway around the world,
Lorely

Also, Lorely provided information on how to appeal to our sense of compassion for our Kababayans in Philippines and strongly encourages you to donate to the Philippine Red Cross.

Maraming salamt sa update Lorely and all our prayers goes out to the victims of Typhoon Ondoy.

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