We are currently experiencing strong winds and heavy downpour of rain in our country’s capital. National Capital Region and its neighbor regions are deeply flooded. Major rivers have overflowed. Roads are not passable. Hospitals and schools are also flooded, leaving people nowhere to go. Last I checked, death toll is already 53. There is no typhoon, but the typhoon Haikui / Helen (located 300 km NE of Taiwan) is enhancing the southwest monsoon.
Latest warning given by PAG-ASA:
RED WARNING SIGNAL:
Issued at: 12:30 AM, 08 August 2012 (Wednesday)
Target Areas: Metro Manila
Torrential rainfall (35.0-60.0mm/hr) was observed over CAMANAVA, QC and Manila while Heavy to Intense rainfall (15.0-30.0mm/hr) was observed over the rest of Metro Manila for the past 3 hours.
Due to the effect of the series of thunderstorms embedded in the Southwest Monsoon flow, expect Heavy to Intense (15.0-30.0mm/hr) rains with occasional Torrential (more than 30.0mm/hr) rains within 3 hrs.
Residents in flood/landslides risk areas are advised to take precautionary measures and WATCH OUT for the next warning.
This has been happening for more than 24 hours. If I’m not mistaken, the amount of rainfall is the greatest of all time.
With this post, I ask you to please pray for my countrymen. Bring this calamity to international knowledge so that help may be given to my country.
For help and donations, please contact local authorities.