Typhoon Ondoy devastates Luzon: Worst Flooding Ever In Metro Manila
September 26, 2009 § 2 Comments
Typhoon Ondoy continues to devastate most of Luzon in the Philippines, affecting more than 30 areas, including Metro Manila.
PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration) spotted Ondoy to be 130 kilometers southeast of Baler town in Aurora province or 90 kilometers east northeast of Infanta Quezon as of 5 am.
Public storm warning no. 2 was hoisted over La Union, Pangasinan, Benguet, Nueva Viscaya, Quirino, Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales, Bulacan, northern part of Quezon, Polillo Island, Camarines Norte and Rizal. Signal No. 1 was raised over Isabela, Mt. Province, Ifugao, Ilocos Sur, Bataan, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Marinduque, Mindoro provinces, Lubang Island, southern part of Quezon, Camarines Sur, Albay, Burias Island, and Metro Manila.
Despite just under storm warning no. 1, Metro Manila was the most affected by massive flooding which reached as high as neck-deep. Marikina, Las Pinas, Taguig, CAMANAVA, Quezon City, Muntinlupa and even the Philippines’ major financial district of Makati were severely affected by rushing flood waters.
Residents of Manila says this is, by far, the worst flooding that ever happened in a century.
Typhoon Ondoy is expected to worsen the southwest monsoon and bring more heavy rains over Central and Southern Luzon as well as the Visayas regions. In an interview over DZMM, Nathaniel Cruz, PAGASA’s chief weather forecaster said they predict that Ondoy will make landfall in Aurora province and touch Pangasinan at night time before heading to the South China sea.
PAGASA already advised the Philippine Coast Guard to prevent fishing boats and other small seacrafts from sailing in the affected areas. The advisory has left more than 1,000 passengers stranded in southern Luzon and Bicol ports.
PAGASA has also alerted the National Disaster Coordinating Council for possible flashfloods and landslides in the affected areas, partcularly in Laguna, Quezon, Zambales, Pampanga and Bataan provinces.
Flights were suspended at the Manila International Airports. Thirteen flights of Zest Air, SeaAir and PAL express to Caticlan, Basco Batanes, San Jose in Mindoro and Romblon were cancelled due to foul weather.