You heard/watched it in the news. You even have your own story. I just want to share ours.
Last Saturday, I was awaken by an SMS from my mom. She was asking me how far we are from the creek in our area. Apparently, she and my dad are tuned in to a local radio station announcing of a possible overflow of that creek.
I thought to myself, hmmm, it wasn’t raining so hard, although it had been non stop since Friday. So I replied saying that yes, the creek is just right in front of our house. Well, actually, it is behind the houses in front of ours.
I got up and realized that indeed it was raining hard. Rainwater had started to come out where it wasn’t supposed to. Geez. That got me worried.
During lunch only did we see the flood in our street! It was waist deep! People are literally swimming in the floods, which scared my daughter so much. The current was actually scary. EVERYTHING WAS SCARY. Neighbors trooped to the store in front, all wet and immersed up to their waist waiting for the waters to recede. Different things floated by. HUsband said he saw a mini refrigerator, several pairs of shoes and breeches streaming down our street.
We had to shut down the main power switch for safety. And later on, Meralco had cut off electricity for probably the same reasons.
Then I thought to myself, if the floods were this high in our area, what more damage it could be on lower areas like Marikina. True enough, when we check on TV the next day, Sunday, the floods in that area were two stories high! Nobody was spared! Even the rich ones who live on that area had to be rescued from their rooftops.
Nothing like this has happened in the last 42 years! It was really shocking. The good news is amidst the calamity, everyone else is ready to give a helping hand, share a dry blanket and donate. I just hope that this country stay strong.
Donate home cooked or ready-to-eat foods, clothes, blankets, medicines and water. Drop-off points are:
- the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) center at the Batasan complex in Quezon City
- the DSWD National Capital Region (NCR) Office in Quiapo, Manila
- the DSWD National Resource Operations Center in Pasay City
- Ateneo, at the lobby of Manuel V. Pangilinan Leadership Center, the University Dormitory lobby, or the Cervini Hall lobby.
Those who want to help the Philippine Red Cross reach out to more victims can do so via their mobile phones. Facebook users posted on their status messages that people just have to key in RED AMOUNT and send to 2899 for Globe users or 4483 for Smart users. Amounts that can be donated are P25, P50, and P100.