The Flood



 Photograph of my home in Manila taken by our neighbor across the street.

Typhoon Ondoy ravaged across Metro Manila yesterday leaving 80% of the city underwater. According to the Philippine Inquirer:

The 15th weather disturbance that hit the Philippines in 2009 dumped a total of 455 millimeters of rain in Quezon City alone in 24 hours, compared to the 250 millimeters of rain that Hurricane Katrina brought to New Orleans in Louisiana in the United States in 2005.

I spoke to mom yesterday and she said the water levels rose very quickly. "You can't even see our gate." she said. Phone lines were down, electricity was shut, appliances and furniture floated in the first floor of our home. By 2:00 am the following day, electricity was restored and by the time they woke up, the water had completely receded. "As if nothing happened! the sun is out right now." my mom said. I was not able to talk to my dad. He was at the auto shop trying to get one of our cars running. The clean up will be a daunting task. Thankfully, everyone is fine.

Friends shared several videos on Facebook as the typhoon progressed. Here's one that was really scary. The footage was taken at a university hospital (UERM) in Manila: