Here are the various stories as the Philippines is now remembering Ondoy
Remembering Ondoy – Here are the various stories that netizens shared on Twitter about their experiences when typhoon Ondoy hit the Philippines 10 years ago.
Today, September 26, 2019, is the 10th year anniversary since the devastating scenarios happened in various parts of the country. Based on the report from Inquirer, Ondoy poured 341 millimeters of rainfall over Metro Manila and surrounding provinces just within hours. This caused the Marikina River to overflow.
As the typhoon left damages in life and property, the national government declared a state of calamity in Metro Manila and 23 provinces. Reportedly, the death toll rose to more than 700 people.
After the said natural calamity, the local government units exerted effort and gave much attention to their preparedness in this kind of times. “I guess the terms we could use to describe what we felt then are ‘shock and awe,” Marikina City’s DRRM chief Dave David shared. He added that “before Ondoy came, our systems that we use were already in place. But the problem with that incident was nobody—I mean, nobody—was expecting that magnitude.”
Now that the LGU’s have their own disaster preparedness and risk reduction units, David stressed out that the participation of the community is still vital, based on the report.
Ten years after, netizens shared their stories on social media as they recall their experiences during that dreadful day. Here are some of the posts about “remembering Ondoy”.
“10 years ago, I went to work to Ortigas, unknowing I wouldn’t and couldn’t come home for three days because Marikina became a water world. Ondoy was only at signal #1, but the waters it brought down devastated Metro Manila.” – Twitter user @CeejayLatosa
“Naglalakad sa kalsada ng Marikina. Water is neck-deep. I spent the night camping outside Sta Lucia Mall.” – Twitter user @GuchoPRMaven
“Hnd ko makkalimutan si Ondoy 9/26/2009. 1st yr student ako non at first time ko makaExperience ng BAHA ung umabot hanggang 2nd floor ng bahay. Tapos nung humupa washout na yung bahay namen. Kung ano yung dala kong gamit yun lang ang nasave ko. San Bartolome Novaliches QC” – Twitter user @GabAbesamis
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