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2012 Flooding in Manila and Nearby Provinces
Waterworld in Manila, Philippines
August 7, 2012. It's like a scene from that movie "Waterworld" -- only this is for real. Disaster strikes again in the Philippines as heavy rains caused massive flooding in the country's metropolitan cities and nearby provinces.
Heavy rains pounded and continued its onslaught on Metro Manila and other surrounding provinces in Luzon for over a week with no signs of stopping. The amount of the rains being poured is more than usual which reminded its residents of the heavy rains brought by typhoon Ondoy in 2009.
Already, many low-lying coastal areas and riverbank settlements are submerged, people were evacuated and properties were damaged. What is more unusual is the fact that many areas were submerged that usual.
The incessant rains caused alarm and the cities affect were under red alert as dams and spillways reached their critical levels. There are no safe places to run to anymore as continuous rain soaked the soil to saturation point, making the occurrence of landslides a high possibility in many areas. Classes and work were suspended and the number of people being affected have multiplied.
Metro Manila Cities Flooded
Many areas in Quezon City, Malabon, Navotas, Rizal, Muntinlupa, Las Pinas, Pasay, Cavite and other areas remain submerged. Houses with only their rooftops seen became a common sight. Everybody scrambled for safety and local governments were neck-deep responding to the crisis. People near river banks were evacuated by force since some of the residents refused to leave the areas despite the impending danger of rising waters.
PAGASA, the country's national weather bureau forecasted more rains to come. With no improvement in the weather in sight, the residents in Manila and neighboring towns braced themselves for the worst. In these times, all that can be done was to pray that the rain will stop. Hopefully, the Philippine government prepared enough to respond to the urgent needs of its submerged populace.
Hospitals and Schools were not Spared
A number of hospitals like the University of Sto. Tomas Hospital in Espana, Manila and the De Los Santos Hospital in E. Rodriguez Ave. were likewise submerged. The UST Hospital was flooded until the second flood, later in the evening of August 7. The staff appealed for help as food ran out.
The UERM Hospital, also submerged in neck-deep floodwaters, its staff cried out for help when one of its generators conked out, and the only other remaining ran out of diesel as night drew on. Help came just in time for these hospitals through various government agencies like MMDA.