While I was really looking forward for my husband’s two weeks vacation, I must admit that the devastation brought about by the recent typhoon Ondoy (international name : Ketsana) to Metro Manila and nearby provinces put a damper on my jolly mood.
It’s tough to see the live feed on TV. Having lived in Manila for more than half of my life ( I went to school there), it was surreal seeing familiar places submerged in flood water. I can’t help but be really sad while looking at the effect of the wrath of typhoon Ondoy. Loss of lives and properties, damage to properties, people dislodged from their homes and now, the struggle for basic commodities is very disheartening. I can’t even imagine how the affected families will start all over again. How will they begin their lives after this devastation?
Immediately after the typhoon, it was a big surprise for me that the international news was not picking up the latest story from Manila. I got my information mostly from my subscription to two Filipino channels. After three days, I then saw few seconds of air time showing clips of knee deep flooding and no clips of the locales where homes were submerged. I had the impression that the international community was not aware of the wide spread damage and devastation that the typhoon caused. Somehow, I think that this is the reason why the United States government sent only a total of $150,000 in aid ( an amount that is relatively small as compared to the aids they extend to other countries).
Relief efforts are being conducted, and it’s such a joy to hear that in the midst of this devastation, Filipinos find it in their hearts to help each other. Donations have been pouring and although the different organizations were and are presently able to attend to the many basic needs of the people affected, it is the aid to help rebuild these people’s lives that is even more critical.
One typhoon out, and another one is coming. This time, they are expecting super typhoon Pepeng (international name: Parma) which is expected to intensify this Saturday and is threatening to smash Northern Luzon.