Today, Pepeng is already hitting the Eastern and Southern part of Luzon. My sister who is in Batangas asked me updates of super typhoon Pepeng. There’s no electric power anymore in their place and they are experiencing heavy rainfall as of this moment. PAGASA this morning warned the public to be prepared for typhoon signal # 4. Manila right now is still at calm situation, no rain, no strong wind but I think everyone else is ready for super typhoon that is expected to hit later tonight. Honestly, in the last two days, I have prepared already my survival kit. Call me paranoid, but I think it would be better to get ourselves ready than be sorry later. Who would think that residents of Cainta and Provident Village would experienced walking on the rooftop calling for help after six hours of heavy rainfall. I watched victims of Ondoy a while ago and my heart is crying for them. Sigh. Pepeng is on the way here now but I hope this super typhoon would not make a landfall but rather head to last scenario that PAGASA earlier predicted.
We went earlier this morning in nearby supermarket. I noticed that some items like canned goods, candles, noodles, bottled water were already out of stock. Everybody’s panic buying and rushing to buy ready-to-eat food and I wonder if this is awareness or traumatic sign. On my side, it is preparing for the worst scenario but I just realized that we could not bring all of the food we had just in case Pepeng dumps more or the same volume of rain like ONdoys. So this is not awareness anymore. I don’t know the exact word to describe to people who are panic buying. Paranoid, overacting or trauma?
typhoon Pepeng, another heavy rainfall like Ondoy due to climate change and trauma.. Last Saturday, Ondoy drowned the whole Metro Manila and nearby province like Laguna, Bulacan, Pampanga, and Rizal. The worst hits area were Marikina, Pasig and Cainta. According to PAGASA, typhoon Pepeng already entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility as of this moment and is expected to hit the Eastern and Northern Luzon area. I live here in Manila and flood is a typical scene whenever heavy rain falls. But unlike the other nearby town Muntinlupa or San Pedro, the flood in Manila subsides in less than three hours. People have adapted the flood already but not the unusual high flooding like Ondoy. It was the first time I have experienced extreme flooding in Manila particularly in Dapitan where flood rises two feet higher than the usual. I wasn’t able to take a photo while the flood was waist deep, because I was monitoring and preparing my family to move into a higher place just in case the flood becomes higher still. Today, people becomes paranoid and we can’t blame them for the incident and trauma they’d experienced. I just opened a social journal site, and their updates where all about Peping. Some were scared, or have this weird feeling that their heart stops beating because it’s raining again. All of them are wishing the rain to stop, including me. In life, there is always a lesson learned after the storm. Now, the people are monitoring the weather condition. Some evacuated already in a higher grounds. They are now more prepared for typhoon Pepeng. We can not prevent natural calamities but we can do something to survive. Brace for stronger and heavy rainfall in the future due to climate change but let us all prepare ourselves to face such emergency.
Lets all do our share in whatever way we can.. Please pray for all the victims of Ondoy. God loves us so much, He will always listen to our prayers.