Typhoon Basyang update: 23 dead, Metro Manila in chaos

July 15, 2010 § Leave a comment

The Philippine weather bureau is now being blamed for that fax paus yesterday–they reportedly failed to conduct an hourly update on the weather condition. President Noynoy Aquino went ballistic and for good cause. Had Pag-asa gave the correct or right information, government could have used the information for proper processing and response.

The result? Twenty three dead, scores injured, infrastructure damaged and Metro Manila placed in extreme chaos.

Worst, Meralco pulled out the plug and declared a systems-wide blackout. Actually, what really happened is systemic breakdown.

Traffic became worst, no working traffic lights and no traffic enforcer in sight. Debris and other obstructions filled the streets, making roads unpassable and difficult to traverse.

More than eighty flights were cancelled. Some airlines were diverted to Cebu. The airport navigational system went awry. Several millions of pesos were lost.

Sea crafts were also lost at sea. Several capsized due to lack of navigational devices.

Worst, thousands of businesses went to a halt yesterday because of this massive blackout. Meralco had a reason—electric lines went bust. There was no supply of electricity. Meaning, it was total systems shutdown.

It seemed that government was not there yesterday.

The new administration should review its present contingency plan and try to come up with a more responsive risk reduction strategy. We all know that we live in a disaster-prone country. A risk reduction plan is a must.

Government must act with decisiveness. Government must also act together. Every one should be involved.

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