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Worst Floods and Typhoons in the Philippines

Updated on March 10, 2013

The Philippines is one of the countries that is frequently visited by typhoons and sometimes even battered by super typhoons.

An average of 20 typhoons hit the Philippines annually. Some of these typhoons ignited soil erosion and deadly raging flashfloods, which resulted to tragedies in the country that killed numerous people and destroyed properties. However the worst flood that hits the Philippines could be attributed to the climate change that is taking place all over the world. Strong and devastating typhoons beefed up with heavy rainfall and flashfloods that pounded the country is evident of the catastrophic effects of climate change.

Ondoy's havoc.
Ondoy's havoc.
The Ormoc tragedy victims... pix from flickr.
The Ormoc tragedy victims... pix from flickr.
Typhoon Reming's onslaught in Bicol Region in the Philippines. Pix from bulatlat.com.
Typhoon Reming's onslaught in Bicol Region in the Philippines. Pix from bulatlat.com.
Typhoon Frank's fury... is evident here...
Typhoon Frank's fury... is evident here...

Here are some of the most devastating floods triggered by strong typhoons that battered the nation.

- September 27, 2009 will come down as one of the most horrible day in the Philippines. Tropical storm “Ondoy” pummeled the country with heavy downfall that caused massive flashfloods that killed at least 140 people (the death toll is still rising), displaced half-a million people and destroyed more than one billion pesos (about 28 million dollars)  worth of properties, and the scenario might get worse as days goes by.

Horrible sights of people getting carried away with the flashfloods and eventually drowning them with the raging waves brought up by the flashfloods were captured by cameras and videos that were immediately uploaded and can be seen in the internet. Vehicles were washed away like toys and engulfed by the raging torrents and houses were turned down causing widespread fear among the residents that were affected.

- At a stretch of two weeks sometime in September 1972, heavy rains battered Luzon area, before the declaration of Martial Law the then dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Floodwaters from Pampanga and AgnoRivers submerged most part of Central Luzon. This flood is now known as the “Great Flood of 1972” in Philippine disaster chronicle.

- Ormoc City in Leyte was once devastated by a colossal flood on the 15th day of November year 1991, killing about 8,000 people, wherein half of the victims’ bodies were never recovered. Walls of mud and water emanating from mountain washed away shanties and swept people into the sea, a tragedy that brought lamentations all over the place and in the whole Philippines.

- In September 1998, more than 900 families that reside along the Pasig, Pateros, marikina and Napindan (Taguig) rivers were submerged by floods after continuous rains. The floods and high tides drowned 85% of Malabon, and 26 primary and secondary roads in Metro Manila were flooded and causes major traffic.

- In November 2006, a powerful super typhoon “Reming” caused floods and power outages especially in the Bicol area. More than 700 people were killed, 700 were reported to be missing and at least 2,000 people sustained injuries. This flood affected more than 3.5 million people.

- The typhoon “Frank” clobbered Western Visayas with severe flooding in June 2008. It affected nearly 400,000 families (about 2 million people), not more than 2,500 were left injured, and caused 50,000 families were evacuated. The province that took severe beating from typhoon “Frank” and its triggered floods included Iloilo, Antique, Aklan, Capiz, Guimaras and Negros Occidental.

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      antonette duot 

      5 years ago

      nice one ...

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      diana 

      5 years ago

      i hope that ... we could'nt experience a typhoon like that

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      juncris 

      6 years ago

      oh!! it a shock day in ormoc city

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      mc v 

      6 years ago

      so strong the typhoon sendong oh my god

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      lingoarthur 

      6 years ago

      the flood in ormoc was in nov 5....not 15...

    • RalphGreene profile image

      RalphGreene 

      7 years ago

      Great and informative hub! Philippines is one of the tropical places prone to typhoons.

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      jasmine 

      7 years ago

      pwede ba damihan ang mga importante?

    • GeneralHowitzer profile imageAUTHOR

      Gener Geminiano 

      8 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      @emievil >>> I will update this hub don't worry emie... hehehe... thanks for dropping by...

      @Cygnus76 >>> yeah it is Cygnus, thanks you very much...

      @Will >>> thanks for finding time to drop by...

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      Will Apse 

      8 years ago

      I'm in Thailand at the moment and we got the tail end of the last Typhoon. It was scary enough, so take care out there.

      Its flood water I hate- leeches freak me out.

    • Cygnus76 profile image

      Cygnus76 

      8 years ago from ON

      mother nature sure can be cruel at times.. :(

      stay safe and take care.

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      emievil 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      Hey GH, no Milenyo? I guess that wasn't so much as floods but fallen billboards, trees, houses, etc. Anyway, super typhoon is coming. Better buck up and get ready for it. Good luck and God bless.

    • GeneralHowitzer profile imageAUTHOR

      Gener Geminiano 

      8 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      @shamelabboush --- wow what a great itenerary you have... Thank you very much shamel for visiting my hubs... I'll be reading most of your hubs as soon as sem break comes hehehe...

      @ storytellersrus --- yeah it is, hehehe wow you know well my province you are indeed very knowledgeable and smart too hehehe... Yeah we have a lot of salt here and actually 100 islands hehehe in Alaminos City.

      Yeah they are all very strong typhoons, wow, posts, houses and other properties were heavily damaged by these two super thyphoons...

      @agusfanani --- yeah it is indeed but that's life, we have to deal with it and keep on moving...

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      agusfanani 

      8 years ago from Indonesia

      So sad, we should contemplate on what we've done to mother nature, human's activities that make our environment resilience get weaker must be ended.

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      shamelabboush 

      8 years ago

      Yeah GH, I've heard that on the news, so sorry bro. Tomorrow, all filipinos in the city will gather themselves to raise charity funds for the victims and I'll be there too.

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      Barbara 

      8 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      So you live in the province of 1000 islands, where salt is abundant? Did you experience Emong or Cosme?

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