Sanchez: The great floods

I’M SAFE and dry here in Bacolod. I can’t say the same thing with my relatives and friends in Metro Manila, though. Dear Lord, may you keep them safe and warm.

I would mostly likely be suffering with them right now had I not traded the big city life for the laidback promdi Bacolod experience. After all, I studied and had been working there for a time until I decided to return to Bacolod.

However, after seeing photos and footages of flooded Metro Manila over a low pressure area (LPA) with continuous rains, or of Ondoy three years ago, I know I can count my blessings. (Read the rest of this entry)

Heavy rains paralyze Manila, kill 9

Torrential rains in the Philippine capital triggered a landslide that killed nine people and sent government emergency crews scrambling Tuesday to rescue and evacuate tens of thousands of residents, some of whom were stranded on the roofs of their inundated homes.

Incessant downpours set off by the seasonal monsoon overflowed major dams and rivers in Manila and surrounding provinces and put authorities and troops on alert. (Read the rest of this entry)

Flooding eases after killing 16 in Luzon

Widespread flooding that killed at least 16 people, battered a million others and paralyzed the Philippine capital briefly eased Wednesday, allowing rescuers on rubber boats to reach a large number of distressed residents still marooned in submerged villages.

In its 3 p.m. Wednesday bulletin, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said 16 persons were reported dead — nine of whom were victims of a landslide incident in Lower Bayanihan, Barangay Commonwealth, Quezon City and one from Valenzuela City due to drowning, three were from Pampanga, one from Zambales and two from Batangas province.

The NDDRMC added that four people were injured, 80,189 families were affected and 394,844 persons were evacuated. (Read the rest of this entry)

Crop losses at P152.13 million due to ‘Gener,’ southwest monsoon

Crop losses due to the inclement weather for the past week were estimated at P152.13 million with the biggest loss from the rice sector at P131.49 million, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said Wednesday.

In a memorandum sent to Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, Undersecretary for Operations Joel Rudinas said damages to agriculture caused by Typhoon Gener and the southwest monsoon were reported in 20 provinces in Luzon and Visayas.

Affected provinces are Cordillera Administrative Region, Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, and Western Visayas. (Read the rest of this entry)

Death toll from Luzon flood climbs to 11

The state disaster-response agency reported that the death toll from heavy rains due to the southwest monsoon rose to 11 as of Wednesday morning.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) identified the latest fatalities as Darel Flores, 9, of Barangay Apalit in Floridablanca, Pampanga, who was electrocuted; and Ariem Menes, 19, of Barangay Poblacion in Sta. Cruz, Zambales, due to drowning.

Of the 11 fatalities, the NDRRMC said nine were buried in a landslide that hit their house in Lower Bayanihan, Barangay Commonwealth in Quezon City. They were identified as Jethro Baylon, Jessica Baylon, Jayvee Baylon, Cecilia Baylon, Jayson Baylon, Joshua Castulo, Jezelle Joy Baylon, Jonica Castulo and Jonathan Castulo. (Read the rest of this entry)

No possible national blackout: Meralco

The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) denied rumors circulating online that a power blackout might hit the entire country on Tuesday afternoon or evening due to the torrential rains and flooding caused by the typhoon-enhanced southwest monsoon.

“There is NO truth to a tweet that states of a possible national blackout. Meralco is ONLY de-energizing areas that are SEVERELY FLOODED,” Meralco said in its official Twitter account, @meralco. (Read the rest of this entry)