August 20, 2013 – It’s already 7:04 am but the rain is still in its climax and would not wane down. When I went outside – it’s a DELUGE. It seems flood is almost 3-4 meters deep and if it continues to pour until the afternoon, then it would go much deeper than that. This is the way of life here in Manila, especially during the rainy season. Looks like typhoon ‘Maring’ (Trami) is responsible for Habagat (Southwest Monsoon) which means heavy and prolonged rains that can cause severe flooding in low lying areas in Metro Manila.
Would this be another Ondoy? Well, I hope not because that can be devastating for many people. The immense damage it can cause both in infrastructure and livelihood can be significant. As they always say, “extreme floods can take lives and livelihood.” So, I hope it will NOT be another Ondoy. While we are waiting for the rain to calm down – let’s just hope and PRAY for a better weather in the coming hours. This is our first experience of Habagat here in Luzon, since we just moved here from Davao City. My wife is also a bit anxious and we never expected that flood water would reach our gate.
These past few years, the weather has become more and more erratic and that led to extreme rains and flooding. Pestering our lives during rainy season, but Mother Nature has its own way of getting back at us. All we can do now is to take the necessary precaution and to be more active in protecting our nature or else we can expect more great floods in the metro. To protect ourselves from nature’s wrath, we need to change our ways – a paradigm shift that can make us more attuned to our environment. Instead of over expanding due to commercialization, why not leave a space for nature to thrive. The more trees we have, the better our chances of stopping the floods.
Climate change and other factors may have caused these freak weather conditions, but one thing is certain – we cannot absolve ourselves. We have hastened climate change, and this is what we can expect for the coming years.