'Ondoy' like 'Katrina'
MANILA, Philippines - Tropical storm “Ondoy” (international name: Ketsana) yesterday battered Luzon, leaving Metro Manila and 25 provinces in a state of calamity. Initial reports said at least 14 people were killed after nearly a day of continuous heavy rains.
Extensive flooding in the metropolis that forced thousands out of their homes and turned many areas into virtual lakes drew comparison with hurricane “Katrina” which devastated the southern United States city of New Orleans in August 2005. As Katrina pounded New Orleans, levees broke and about 80 percent of the city was flooded, killing over 1,800 people and leaving damage estimated at more than $100 billion.
Here are a couple of photos I found from postings on facebook:
More pictures of the flooding can be seen in this short movie clip:
Donations may be channeled through the Philippine National Red Cross website. On the project activity menu, one may select 'Others'. Your prayers and generosity will certainly help to alleviate the effects brought by this devastation. May God bless you!
Update#1 from Txtpower.org(9/27/09): The floods have deluged Metro Manila (population: 11.5 million as of 2007), stranding thousands of night workers and those who went to school or offices this morning. Major highways have been shut down due to floods and other effects of the typhoon. Operations of Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) terminal have been stopped. Domestic flights have been cancelled. Floods have reached six feet in some areas. Radio and TV news reports say that more and more people living near La Mesa Dam and Angat Dam, which has said to be overflowed, adversely affecting nearby communities. No reports yet of casualties but radio and TV news continuously report about knee-deep, waist-high, neck-high, and bus-level floods in many areas. Donations may also be made through paypal.