The waters have now subsided…
September 28, 2009, 5:49 am
Filed under: Life at work
, Stop climate change
| Tags: Cainta
, Philippine National Red Cross
, Typhoon Ondoy
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
Even after the waters subsided, aid and rescue workers from government, NGOs and the private sector are still overwhelmed.
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