The Philippines has never been free from visits of weather disturbances to the likes of monsoon rains and typhoons. Due to our country’s strategic location, as we are bounded by water on all sides, the chances of not having rain or storm is very minimal.
Over the years, I have witnessed countless typhoons that battered our mainland and I thank God that I always survive the tough ones and none of my family or even distant relatives succumbs to the ravishing destruction of super typhoons.
Typhoon “Ondoy” was believed to be the most destructive to ever hit our country. Flooding mostly the rest of Metro Manila and unexpectedly leaving millions of peso worth of damage on everyone. Excessive downpour coupled with overflow of dams have plunged houses of Filipinos majority of the Northern Luzon population in 2009.
A few days after the commemoration of Ondoy’s wrath, a super typhoon once again hit our land with its enormous size and promising gustiness at 120 kilometers per hour, sure that it will not pass us without any devastation.
Pedring, so termed, did its work as expected. It was another typhoon that put everyone at the edge of their seats as people lay watch and prepared for whatever torment it may bring. Just as it hit the land, the typhoon did not lose any of its qualities, still as strong as predicted.
The super typhoon proved its strength as it created a storm surge that once again immersed the metro in deep water. The stretch of Roxas Boulevard along Manila Bay was no longer visible. More areas in Malabon and Navotas are submerged in water than usual. A threatening scene that I never came to imagine back in my college days as my urban planning professor once tackled the probability of Manila being submerged in water leaving the city the least place to settle and habituate.
Aside from deep water floods, the intense gale has caused large trees to fall and topple down billboard supports damaging establishments and vehicles in the process.
Despite the government agencies’ preparedness, still many people were left dead or missing, due to their unwillingness to cooperate or just stubborn enough to listen to the authorities.
It was a perfect storm. Solid gusty wind with a large area of coverage matched with unfailing speed, a weather disturbance like no other. Going through such storm is the norm but there are lessons to be learned for us in every storm that pass but we tend to forget about them or are we just numb to realize the severity of the situation?