Saturday, September 26, 2009

Storm Ondoy Lashes at Metro Manila, Rest of Luzon, Classes Suspended in FEU and PUP, Major Disaster Looms, September 26 2009

26 September 2009

Very strong rains spawned by tropical storm Ondoy has placed many areas of Metro-Manila and Rizal province under flood waters.

DZMM says that FEU and PUP have suspended their classes.  

But DZMM is flashing the news that CHED is leaving it to school authorities to decide on whether to suspend classes or not ("CHED: school admin, bahala na sa suspensyon ng klase"). Meron pa bang malasakit itong mga taga CHED?  Common sense tells us that in this kind of stormy weather, the easiest thing for the CHED to do is to order the suspension of classes instead of exposing students to unnecessary risks.  If I were you, I'll stay at home no matter what the CHED says.  It's really dangerous out there right now.

DZMM (and I'm sure other radio stations as well) is swamped with messages from people many of them literally in the roofs of their houses asking to be rescued from the widespread flooding.  I don't think I've seen this kind of an emerging disaster in my lifetime.  

Quirino, Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya are under signal no. 2. Metro Manila and Cavite are under signal no. 1. Mayor Mon Ilagan of Cainta speaking with David Oro of DZMM Teleradyo has reported that 90 percent of his town is under water.  

These are some of the news items being flashed by DZMM Teleradyo:
ER ng UST hospital, pinasok na ng baha
Water level sa Angat Dam, umabot na sa 'spilling level'
East Avenue hanggang Kamias Road sa QC, di na madaanan
6 munisipalidad sa Batangas, walang kuryente
3 bata, nalunod sa Muntinlupa
2, patay sa pagguho ng pader sa MIA Road

These are the related reports courtesy of GMA News:

26 September 2009  (1:50pm)

ABS-CBN's Wowowee is flashing the following storm signals and flooded areas (2:00pm):

Signal no. 2  Aurora, Quirino Nueva Vizcaya, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Zambales, Pampanga, Bulacan, Rizal, Northern Quezon, Polillo Island 

Signal No. 1: Isabela, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Benguet, La Union, Ilocos Sur, Laguna, Cavite, Batangas, Rest of Quezon Province, Mindoro Provinces, Lubang Island, Marinduque, Camarines Norte, Bataan, Metro Manila 

Flooded areas: Marikina access loop to Marcos Bridge  from Marcos Highway to C5, C5 Eagle St. in front of Tiendesitas, Nichols East and West Service Road, Quezon Ave. along Biak-na-Bato east and west-bound, Quezon Avenue to D. Tuazon, Commonwealth Fairview Market, NLEX Cloverleaf Area, Ortigas Eastbound, España from Antipolo to Blumentritt, Malugay St. in Makati, SLEX to Ayala Avenue, Metropolitan South Avenue, Pasong Tamo to J. P. Rizal to Davila St.

These are the hotline nos. of NDCC: 9115061,  9125668,  9120984

Ingat po kayong lahat.  God bless po!

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