Monday, 28 September 2009

Hurricane "Katrina" no match to Philippine Typhoon "Ondoy"

Last Saturday was freaky with the deluge that caught Manila unaware. The 24-hour continuous rainfall left some areas in Manila under 20-feet of water due to poor drainage systems, failed infrastructure (pumping stations broken, creeks collapsed) and unexpected amount of rainfall. The total rainfall was 455 millimeters which is a month's worth of rainfall. Katrina had only 250 millimeters of rain.
The death toll has reached 86 and still counting. The number of affected families across Luzon has swelled to 69,513 (about 337,216 people). The partial total number of evacuees has also reached 11,967 families (about 59,920 people) who are staying in 118 evacuation centers, National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) data showed.
A state of national calamity has been declared over 27 provinces in 7 regions, as well as in the NCR. The provinces included are Mountain Province, Ifugao, and Benguet (CAR); Pangasinan, La Union, and Ilocos Sur (Region I); Isabela, Quirino, and Nueva Vizcaya (Region II); Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Zambales, Pampanga, Bulacan, Tarlac, and Bataan (Region III); Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon (Region IV-A); Mindoro Occidental, Mindoro Oriental, and Marinduque (Region IV-B); and Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, and Camarines Sur (Region V).

If you want to help, pls donate to :

Toll Free 1-800-527-2820
Account Name: ABS-CBN Foundation Inc.
Account No. 5630020111
Routing code for international cash donations

American Red Cross
Toll Free 1-800-435-7669

If you are in Manila, here’s a list drop off points for relief goods or volunteer areas where you can sort and pack goods:

Videos of Tropical Ondoy:

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