Who would forget how the Ondoy typhoon (international name: Ketsana) brought raging winds and an extended period of torrential rainfall to Metro Manila, Philippines on September 26, 2009? The victims of the calamity could not help but crouch in fear as they got stuck on the roofs of their houses with neither food nor water. And their only choice? Wait for rescue. More than 11 years ago now, but who will forget the horrors of (tropical storm) Ondoy and the 872,097 people who got affected?
For today’s blog, let us look back on that fateful day of September 2009. What really happened?
Is your area prone to flooding? Are you planning to prepare for this rainy season but you have no idea what flood protection barrier you might need? Of course, what you need is a barrier that can block the entrance of floodwater, but the problem is there are a lot of barriers to choose from.
So to help you determine the right one, here are the things you can consider.
Ulysses (international name: Vamco) brought back the agonizing memories of Ondoy (international name: Ketsana), which also caused drastic flooding in 2009 in the Philippines. Ulysses, the 21st tropical cyclone that entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility in 2020, prompted downpours particularly across Metro Manila from the evening of November 11 to the morning of the 12th. Thus, Marikina River’s water level unexpectedly swelled up to 22 meters at 11 AM on November 12.
To prevent this from happening again, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) started its river dredging operation on Feb 17, 2021.
Clogged canals are one of the reasons why numerous areas become flood-prone. This is evident in the experience of Midsayap City, North Cotabato, Philippines on August 4, 2020. Within an hour of downpours, a surge of water occurred and the clogged canals contributed to it. The residents of Midsayap might not have realized the canal flood risk since it was a sudden event.
Nevertheless, YES, we should take into account the risk of canal flooding if we do not want to witness the heavy price that comes with it. But, before we tackle the risk, let us first know the types of canals.
On November 8, 2013, Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) hit the Philippines. Tacloban, Leyte, and the surrounding shore of San Pedro Bay suffered the most damages. Because of strong winds brought by Yolanda, a 5–7 meter-high storm surge took place. Yolanda, as the storm surge cause, killed more than 6,000 people.
The people were caught off-guard. Some of them didn’t even know what a storm surge was.
So what is a storm surge?
How do you stay safe during a flood?
Protect your properties from flood damage by just learning from our simple yet effective tips.
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