Philippines: Flooding documented on citizen videos

Picture from Twitpic user reahguevarra

Picture from Twitpic user reahguevarra

Several parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces are still flooded today even if Tropical Storm ‘Ondoy’ (International name: Ketsana) has already left the country. Almost 200 were killed and hundreds of thousands displaced when the storm hit the country’s capital last Saturday.

The heavy rainfall triggered the worst flooding in the country in recent memory. The storm even dumped more rains than Hurricane Katrina:

RT @wizkitabet: FACT: Hurricane Katrina rainfall =380mm in Louisiana. Typhoon Ondoy rainfall = 410mm in Manila, Philippines.

Social media sites were maximized to inform rescuers about the location of flood victims. Typhoon Ondoy Situation Map was created to compile information about the needs of the flood victims. Google has created a special page to gather donations. Ondoy Relief Efforts has a comprehensive list of contact details of relief agencies, donation drop-off centers, and government emergency response teams.

Picture by Ali Figueroa

Picture by Ali Figueroa

Citizen videos were uploaded on cyberspace which captured horrible scenes of loss brought by the flooding. Below is a video by Youtube user didipusrex

My mother was able to take a video clip of the floodwaters of Typhoon Ondoy before the water surge forced them to flee to the second floor. They were trapped in chest deep water on the second floor until the waters subsided the next morning.

This video shows a passenger who was trapped in a car while a strong floodwater was rampaging outside a Manila hospital

Marikina City, located east of Manila, was heavily devastated by the floods

Pedestrians and even motorists in Paranaque City, south of Manila, use styrofoam to cross a flooded street

Cars are swept away by strong flood currents

Bulacan province, north of Manila, was also severely affected by the storm

Techpinas praises a radio station for devoting its program to update listeners about the storm. Many of its listeners were flood victims who relied on their cell phone radio for relief updates:

In the midst of uncertainty and suffering brought about by Ondoy and the lack of electricity in most parts of Mega Manila, DJ Gang, DJ Lambert and DJ Steph selflessly gave their time and effort into making sure that cellphone owners – especially those stuck in disaster stricken areas, whose only access to news was their dying cellphones’ FM radio app – were kept updated on the status of relief operations and were somehow kept alive by Jam 88.3's display of resilient and pro-active hope. They practically turned the usually indifferent FM radio scene into a venue for disaster relief info dissemination and volunteer coordination.

Texting was used to advise flood victims on how to survive

What was truly heartening is the public's involvement in Jam's efforts. There were those who called the station to give updates on the traffic situation across the metro. Doctors texted to give tips to those staying on the roofs of their flood-engulfed houses on how to avoid hypothermia, while a former red cross volunteer shared the procedure on how to prepare an oral rehydration solution

Photo by Celina Ann Natanauan Chan

Photo by Celina Ann Natanauan Chan

Twitter is a reliable source of news about the disaster and to monitor rescue efforts. Through Twitter, netizens are able to report the flood situation in remote areas

ageofbrillig: RT: one of our staff went to Payatas yesterday. Dami na daw corpse. No media attention there. And not much aid.
Cocoy: RT @mlq3 @jeyaiy All I know is the situation in Candaba. The whole town is under water, except for the Church. Cannot leave town proper..
jovefrancisco: For most of Saturday, I thought my community was the hardest hit. That was until I saw the images on TV

Tweets advise relief team and police forces on where to deliver the goods

alexderossi: RT @momma_erin REPOST: Rosario Pasig & Cavite area have NOT received any relief goods. If you can, pls do something about it! – salamat po!!
maxenemagalona: GRABE. RT @kitel_anne Policemen needed in Provident Village Marikina. Der r robbers all over the place trying to break inside the houses.

Tweets remind the public about the status of relief efforts

ANDREWdecastro: How are the flood victims supposed to cook those instant noodles? Or open those cans? I'm just saying
philredcross: We are overwhelmed for the support of the youth on our Relief Operation. Interested volunteers may visit PNRC NHQ (near Anda Circle
cocoy: RT @dementia: Oh yeah, please donate ready-to-eat food and water. Victims have no means of cooking noodle

This tweet by a Senator of the Republic shows that the flooding affected both the rich and poor:

SayChiz: My in laws live in sinco hermanos. Only their roof was left above water. They sought shelter at the 2-storey house of a neighbor

Photo by Diane Lorenzana

Photo by Diane Lorenzana


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