It has been raining non- stop since last night. The last time we had rain like this was probably when Milenyo hit Manila, but it was worse because the heavy rains were accompanied by strong winds that knocked down electric posts, trees, and billboards. The entire metro had to live on a three- day no electricity diet (some even had a week) and with roads blocked out by what was left of the storm.
Although it's very nice to snuggle up and drink hot milk tea while listening to the tip tapping of the rains in my window, I can't help but get worried about thousands of people who have their houses flooded in by this rain. The floods go as neck deep, enough to drown 4ft. high people. Not only that, the flood waters are also full of unknown harmful bacteria (like the ones causing leptospirosis, coming from rat's usine. eek.) that can actually kill a person. People living in low areas (like Marikina and Malabon) are now in deep shit, literally. With waters over flowing from dams, it's really scary out there.
Like this one:
I am quite glad that despite the heavy downpour, a lot of people are taking in responsibility to help those in need. It's not just the government agencies doing their job, there are also private institutions willing to help. Like Victory Church in The Fort. They offered their place for those people who need a place to stay. Some people, use web platforms like Twitter to spread information about other people's conditions. Thanks to those good citizens for making this horrific situation a bit bearable. They are now posting hotlines of Meralco (Electric Company), Red Cross and places where people can donate goods like food and clothes. Seeing this makes me think that there is still a hope for this country, if we help one another. Just like what Manuel Quezon III's twit,
So everyone, let's take responsibility. Let's help other people. If you can't go out and save, at least, use your world wide web influence to spread the word. If you can't do that, praying will greatly help. Helping each others will definitely ease the burden up on each others' shoulders.
MERALCO HOTLINES: 0917-5592824, 0920-9292824
BUREAU OF FIRE PROTECTION HOTLINES: 729-5166, 410-6254, 413-8859, 407-1230
NDCC HOTLINE: 911-1873
Victory The Fort: 813-FORT
Relief Goods can be sent to Caritas Manila Office at Jesus St., Pandaca Manila near Nagtahan Bridge (tel.no. 5639298/5639308)
Relief goods can also be brought Radio Veritas at Veritas Tower West Ave. Corner EDSA (tel no. 9257931-40)
Centers for relief: Red Cross chapters in Rizal, QC, Valenzuela, Bulacan. Red Cross hotline is 143.
(collected from Twitter)