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The waters have now subsided… by Chuck Baclagon
Residents and workers take refuge on rooftops as water rises at Barasoain and Wilson Street in Little Baguio in San Juan City.  Located at a hilly part of the metro, residents and local offiicials were caught unprepared by the rising water in the area.  Residents said that it was the first time they saw the creek overflowed that way.

Residents and workers take refuge on rooftops as water rises at Barasoain and Wilson Street in Little Baguio in San Juan City. Located at a hilly part of the metro, residents and local offiicials were caught unprepared by the rising water in the area. Residents said that it was the first time they saw the creek overflowed that way.

Early Saturday Greenpeace staff and volunteers in Manila, were deployed along with our inflatable boats to assist the Philippine National Red Cross in rescuing residents stranded on rooftops and taking care of the injured.

Greenpeace volunteers paddle through murky waters along Araneta Avenue in Talayan, Quezon City to rescue residents.  Some residents refused to leave their homes but requested for food which they have been deprived of for almost 12 hours.

Greenpeace volunteers paddle through murky waters along Araneta Avenue in Talayan, Quezon City to rescue residents. Some residents refused to leave their homes but requested for food which they have been deprived of for almost 12 hours.

Two teams were sent out their mission is to get one boat to the Quezon City Red Cross upon which they took directions from Red Cross.

A part of the Barangay Sto. Nino devastated by the three-storey high flooding which they say was the worst they have expereinced.

A part of the Barangay Sto. Nino devastated by the three-storey high flooding which they say was the worst they have expereinced.

“The need to agree a fair, ambitious and binding deal for the climate in Copenhagen was further driven home this weekend as the Tropical Storm Ondoy, dumped a month’s worth of rain on Manila in just six hours. With the death toll still rising, and more than 280,000 driven from their homes, it reminds us that Southeast Asia is among the most vulnerable and least prepared areas to deal with the impacts of climate change.”
Von Hernandez
Greenpeace Southeast Asia Executive Director

As of 7 AM yesterday, 3 teams were deployed to help with rescue operations at Tumana, Marikina. The water in the area has already subsided recovery, relief and rehabilitation are now top priority, as there are still other areas submerged and with people waiting on their roofs.

Last night our 2 inflatable boats together with volunteers and Red Cross personnel were deployed again in the Ortigas and Cainta, Rizal area were houses and roads remain flooded and where people are still stranded on their rooftops.

Greenpeace volunteers help an old woman get first aid after she fainted due to lack of sleep and food for almost 24 hours.

Greenpeace volunteers help an old woman get first aid after she fainted due to lack of sleep and food for almost 24 hours.

Even after the waters subsided, aid and rescue workers from government, NGOs and the private sector are still overwhelmed.


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Re: Marikina Flood (typhoon Undoy) 26 Sept. 2009,
death toll in Provident Village alone:
Official( according to MCF)= 16 dead
unofficial = 58 dead

A SENATE INVESTIGATION IS IN ORDER!!!

The recent flood is the very unfortunate result of both natural and man made calamities. The release of excess dam waters was done without thinking of the consequences. it is both a criminal and insane act.

“The Angat Lake created by the Angat dam is the main potable water supply source of the Metro Manila Area. However this water when in over abundance, due to very heavy rainfall, is also the cause of widespread flooding, deaths, and accompanying misery affecting not only the provinces of Bulacan and Pampanga but also the Metro Manila Area. This happens everytime the dam water reaches its maximum height and the spilled water races down through the gullies and streams to the east of the dam and this rampaging water joins the water of the Marikina river system multiplying the floodwater volume of the Marikina River system thereby causing rapid increase in the volume of floodwater in the Marikina Valley. This happens everytime very heavy rains overfills the Angat water reservoir. The solution to this problem is the construction of water diversion/power generation tunnels to divert excess water towards the east emptying into the Pacific Ocean. It will also generate power. It is not enough that the excess water is emptied into the heavily populated areas, i.e, Bulacan, Pampanga area,Marikina Valley, as it definitely will cause multiple death and destruction downstream. Diverting the excess water to the east will save so many lives as the east side is relatively sparsely populated and at the same time generate power for electricity. The Government of the Republic of the Philippines must consider this as a permanent solution to the recurring problem of flooding in the central Luzon area and Metro Manila.”

I’m sorry for encroaching into your space but I do not know where to start. Please think about the opinion I expressed above. You may freely share this thought with your friends, hoping that someday, the people criminally responsible for the release of Angat dam water, on the morning of 26 September 2009,shall face the bar of justice. An in-depth study and analysis of google maps and wikimapia maps will prove my point. Better still, a short helicopter trip tracing the path of the floodwaters will verify this matter. The evidence left by the rampaging flood water will trace it back to its source and is difficult, impossible to erase.

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