What’s occuring in Manila as of this moment is heartbreaking. News is filled of videos and pictures of victims struggling to swim through the floods, babies crying, people on top of their roofs, evacuation centers full and a whole lot more of devastating news.
I was a victim myself of such tragedy, the ever famous Typhoon Sendong who took away the lives of so many, thousands I believe. I would know the feeling, the brown water eating up my house and even took away my dog’s life. It was traumatic and tragic all at the same time. I wouldn’t want anyone to experience that. And just barely 8 months after, here we are again facing a new feat that is taking away the homes of so many. On the brighter side, this all happened at day time, as per Sendong which was titled “The Night Eater” as it struck people while in their sleep, at least this time people were more alert since they were up and awake.
While I was on our rooftop that night, I couldn’t do anything, helpless amd powerless as I was, the only thing I could do was pray, since it was too dark and I honestly wasn’t expecting any rescue team to come and fetch us. The morning after was the worst part to handle, seeing our house wrecked, our stuff damaged and on the sidewalks were bodies of dead victims. I touched myself and I immediately thanked the Lord I was not one of those victims who were lifelessly put there on the streets, somehow I still saw the blessing that my Mom and I were and still are alive and breathing.
I’m sorry, I just couldn’t help being sentimental about what happened to us back then. Seeing these pictures really really breaks my heart. Empathy simply breathes out from me since I could really feel what this has done to me.
(photos courtesy of various Facebook accounts)
What they’re doing is really dangerous, rain and live wires are not a good combination but I think it’s also dangerous to swim through the flood. It’s really looking bad.
Statistics in comparison to Typhoon Ondoy versus today’s rainfall. It’s not even a typhoon and it looks really bad as it is.
Various organizations are now accepting donations. These were found on my timeline. Yes, thank God for social networking sites. Been a great help in information dissemination. Contact these numbers and inquire on how you can help.
I think we can also send our relief goods through ABSCBN and/or GMA Stations since they have better access on where to deliver it to.
Copied this via Philippine Red Cross website:
Ways to Donate
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Some useful flood safety tips as well:
Also, please take note of the flood after-effects, especially be wary of the ever famous LEPTOSPIROSIS. I, myself, was a victim of this disease too. Please be very alert of the signs and symptoms. Took me almost a week in the hospital. Health is not to be ignored. So remind everyone to take that prophylaxis to avoid any further complications.
But amidst all these pressures, Filipinos will always be Filipinos, seeing a brighter side in every darkness. I guess that’s our edge, since we’re more optimistic than others, we try to see the brighter side in everything. And yes, floods can’t break the soul of a True Filipino, a fighter.
So let’s do our part and help in every way we can. Through relief goods, donations and prayers, let’s offer our best of intentions. Lahat tayo magtulongan para sa ating bayan.