I was struck with fear as I watched from ANC News Channel the video footage of Metro Manila streets particularly in Marikina City which was submerged in waist deep water, and some were on their roofs including ABS-CBN's sexy star Ms. Cristine Reyes crying for help waiting to be rescued by the local authorities.
Tropical Storm Ondoy hit the main island of Luzon, people from Metro Manila were stranded on malls and offices, what worries me more is that my daughter along with her classmates were also stranded in Pasig City.
I received a text message that they are working on a their school's group assignment when strong and heavy rain started to pour in the afternoon, and in less than 1 hour the flood water started rising so fast that it has entered the house where they are working and they have to move fast to the second floor.
The next text message I received from her was that the rain continues its heavy downpour, the water continues to rise and the water is already waist deep. The electric power was cut off as expected and she told me that she along with her classmates have to spend overnight in their classmate's residence in Pasig which is less than 10 km away from our house in Antipolo. I agreed with her that she is more safe where is right now with the company of her classmates and wait until early morning until the water subsides before going home.
I am familiar with the vicinity of Cainta and Pasig and I can imagine the roads behind Santa Lucia Mall along Marcos Hi-way crossing Marikina City and its thoroughfares is not passable to road vehicles because of the high flood waters.
And I am confident that my house in Antipolo will not be affected by the thunderstorm because of its high elevation. However, I tried to call our "kasambahay" and our neighbors in the area but unfortunately I cannot contact them thru PLDT or Smart mobile, probably the cellular sites in the vicinity was damaged by the strong winds.
This is another disaster which hit our country with so many provinces including Metro Manila has been placed in State of Calamity.
Please help the families that has been hit by disaster. You may want to read MLQIII blogsite for further information on how to help our "kababayan" affected by the storm Ondoy. And also check news update from TFC and GMA channels and thru internet news.
Let us offer a minute of prayer to the families who are affected by the calamity.
I hope your families are safe and are not affected by this typhoon and let's pray that tomorrow morning this is over and may the sun shine behind those dark clouds.