Our struggle with intense rains and flooding is far from over. I have been glued to the TV all day for news updates. I cannot say how terrible the condition is in our beloved country – lives lost, livelihood damaged, houses collapsed, and it is predicted that intense rains would prevail and floods would rise in Metro Manila and Luzon in the next 24 hours. Let these photos I have scouted over the net tell the story.
We need help. We need rescue. We need prayers.
Rescuers help stranded people along Espana Blvd., Manila.
The University of Santo Tomas, in Espana, Manila.
This is a photo of my friend, Heart Cunanan. This is how her neighborhood looked like this afternoon.
That is not a bridge. That is a train railway. And under it? Flood waters.
That is the Manila City Hall.
The stretching and overflowing Marikina City river. Photo from gmanews.com
Novaliches under water, a photo of my good friend again, Heart Cunanan.
EDSA corner Roosevelt Avenue, Quezon City. Buses navigate their way to the flooded streets. Photo from gmanews.com
Mudslide along Litex Road, Quezon City.
This is our North Luzon Expressway. Thousands of motorists got stranded and opted to walk on the concrete barrier.
How could this be, you ask?
Novaliches. Photo by Heart Cunanan.
Rescuers evacuate families in Subic, Zambales. Photo from gmanews.com
The President of the Philippines, Benigno Aquino Jr., spearheaded the operations with the National Disaster and Risk Reduction and Management Council at Camp Aguinaldo, Cubao, Quezon City.
Filipinos are known to smile and laugh and joke around in times of hardships. I guess this is our way of telling each other to keep faith and smile the stress away. Indulge us. 🙂
And this one is pretty obligatory…
This photo was tweeted by Mr. Jim Paredes. 🙂