In case you don’t know, the Philippines is always a prime candidate for floods each time the rainy season hits. The usual regions are prepared for it but certainly not the places such as the National Capital Region where flooding was manageable. That is not the case today when tropical storm “Ondoy” brought havoc to the Philippines, leaving lots of people stranded and people in low areas climbing to the roofs to avoid the watery wrath of this storm.
No one forecasted that this tropical depression would be this bad. The rains poured all night until today causing monstrous traffic jams and people fleeing for higher ground. In fact a lot of people went to their home’s rooftops for dryer ground, groping in the dark since power was shut down in the flood-ravaged cities of Manila and its neighboring provinces.
Mobile communication was erratic and many people are asking for help. The sudden need for rafts and rubber boats were being clamored along with prayers that the rains would stop. This day, the Filipino community get a courtesy call on what global warming and climate change is really all about. After these floods subside, will the Filipino people finally wake up to reality that these events are just a glimpse of what global warming can do if it is not addressed soon? This is a wakeup call and certainly eyes have been opened.