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Mar 27th
My dear Stateside friends, September PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 26 September 2009 16:21
My dear Stateside friends, September 26 marked the worst flood ever to hit Metro Manila. Worst hit were Quezon City, Marikina and Cainta due to the rush of water overflowing the banks of rivers and creeks. Floods reached all the way up to Pangasinan and in the south up to Batangas. In Pampanga, the towns of Arayat and Porac were heavily stricken being near a big dam that has overflowed. In Marikina and Cainta, the floods were so overwhelming that residents climbed up to their rooftops and are now lying in wait for rescue that may take long in coming. The government rescue teams have to cover a vast area and can field less motorized rubber boats and amphibian trucks than is needed in this severe emergency. Major highways leading to Manila are clogged with vehicles. Buses and cars coming from as far as Bicol arrived in the vicinity of Metro Manila in and are still stuck in the Southern Luzon Expressway [SLEX]. The same is true of the Northern Luzon Expresswau. Shivering passengers are asking for badly-needed water and food. They have to stay in their vehicles overnight. Please log on to for a complete coverage of the great flood and keep abreast of the wide-scale devastation and the fatalities it caused by going back to the Philippine Daily Inquirer's website, if possible, daily. It is still raining in Metro Manila but, thank goodness, not as heavily as yesterday. Yours ever, Ben Sanchez

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