Typhoon Ondoy (international name Ketsana) has left the Philippines, but parts of the national capital region and surrounding areas are still reeling from the effects of the weather disturbance, which is said to have brought more rains than hurricane Katrina.
I was not affected by the typhoon because it was my day off when it unleashed its fury on Metropolitan Manila and nearby provinces last Saturday. I didn’t have to leave the house.
In addition, I live in an area that’s not prone to flooding.
Sadly though, the Marikina City home of my brother-in-law’s parents was submerged in water at the time, forcing them to flee.
They sought refuge in his uncle’s two-storey house, also in Marikina City, a suburb of Manila.
The floodwater in their house has now subsided. My sister and her parents-in-law together with their household worker are cleaning up the mess left by the typhoon.