Classes Suspended – Sept 30

J at | Philippine News | Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

In the Philippines, classes in the GS and HS levels in NCR will remain suspended even on Wednesday, 30 September 2009. I don’t know the exact reasons why, but here’s what I think…

A lot of areas in Marikina, Cainta, and Pasig are still reeling from the devastation caused by Typhoon Ondoy, which flooded large areas of Luzon, Philippines last Saturday, 26 September 2009.

With classes suspended, that will help decongest the roads, and will help speed up rescue and relief efforts. Aside from lack of electricity and water in various places, people are scrambling for drinking water.

Several stores in Marikina, for example, are closed. Residents who are cleaning their mud-filled houses are having a difficult time getting around, because vehicles used for public transportation got submerged in floodwaters over the weekend.

The floods in some areas of Marikina have subsided, but the roads are filled with mud. Hopefully, the few stores that are still open will be able to replenish their supplies. For now, however, everyone is living on just a day-to-day basis, because groceries are limiting the number of bottled water that you can purchase.

Public markets are open, so people can still buy rice and vegetables.

I don’t know how long it will take to recover, and there are reports of another storm arriving in the Philippines this coming Thursday. Here is the Weather Satellite Map.

It shows how the storms or low pressure areas near the Philippines have moved in the past 5 to 6 hours. From what I see, there are two storms coming in from the east (they’re much closer to Guam, for now).

They’re not as large as Ondoy (Ketsana), but given the situation in the Philippines, I pray the coming rains do not severely flood the badly hit areas.

To my kababayans, we still have time to prepare. Either we seek higher ground, or find ways to make it easy for our family members to survive on some food and water good for 3 to 5 days.

Please set aside some plastic bags (garbage bags) where you can pack your emergency clothes, flashlights, batteries, candles, matches, drinking water, bread, a can opener (if you like canned goods).

Keep monitoring the news, and for those with internet access, try monitoring Twitter: @juliusbabao, @giboteodoro, @mlq3

We can and we will survive this. Let us help one another, remain vigilant, pray, and have faith.

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