Strong rain has caused huge floods in many parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces in the Luzon Island of the Philippines. Metro Manila, the country’s main urban center, is composed of 17 cities and municipalities. School classes and work in both the public and private sectors have been suspended already by the government.
The photos below, mainly from Facebook and Twitter, show the extent of the flooding in the metropolis and the situation could still worsen because the rains have not stopped as of this writing.
The government has released a list of flooded areas in Metro Manila. Another list shows the roads which are still heavily flooded. Media groups have also compiled a list of evacuation centers and relief operations in the metropolis.
Twitter users are using the hashtags #rescueph and #prayforthephilippines to monitor the situation. Below is a tweet reminder for media reporters who are covering the unfolding disaster
@katray: Media friends, we appreciate the work. I wish journalists are waterproof. But as they are not, I hope for their safety. Take care, folks. ;)
Carl Ramota is disappointed with the delayed response of the president:
Dear Aquino government, you should have done the briefing last night or early this morning. We don't want to see you in your raincoats or jacket in a conference room, talking about the things that we already know or are now experiencing. Board amphibian vessels and do an ocular inspection of flooded areas. Go to evacuation centers and distribute relief goods. Do something! Don't just sit there and talk! Heads must roll.
Carlo Ople notes the role of new media in spreading awareness about the flooding:
As soon as the floods spread people started taking photos and uploading it on Facebook and Twitter. Their network started sharing and the network of their network shared as well until the photos became viral. The photos showed how bad the situation was.
I sympathies with the Govt. & Good people of the Philippine over these natural disaster. may the gentle soul of faithful departed rest in peace. Amen. i also want to use this medium to call for Relief aid from people all over the world. Governmental body,NGOs and every individuals please come to the aid of those in the various evacuation centers. Please Don’t leave this for the Government of The Philippine alone. the Govt. and the good people of this country needs our collective effort. even as we continue to pray for the weather to improve favorably.
Do not blame the government… it’s prophecy from God being fulfilled http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_mbb3RRIFU