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September 28, 2009

Typhoon Ketsana hits Manila

Today, typhoon Ketsana had already left the country, but not without leaving our countrymen an experience, and perhaps, a painful lesson, we will never forget.

As sourced from www.abs-cbnnews.com, tropical storm Ondoy (typhoon Ketsana) hit a great part of Luzon, leaving 27 provinces and the National Capital Region in the state of calamity.

As of today, death tolls have now reached 73, with more than 300,000 people affected by the onslaught of strong winds, huge rainfalls and flash floods within the metro.

According to PAG-ASA, about 34.1 cm of rain fell on Metro Manila in just six hours, close to the 39.2 cm. average for the entire month of September. The previous record was 33.4 cm. recorded during a 24-hour period in June 1967.
We heard that Pasig, where our Mommy Lilli and the Animal Doctor, together with our buddies, MoyMoy, Scarlet, Jappy and Trudis live, is also affected by the flood. We did try to call Mommy Lilli this morning, but all phone lines were dead. We are just glad, though, that auntie Jenny informed us that Mommy Lilli and co. are doing well. Thank goodness!!

However, in some areas, other people are not so fortunate. Some even had to go to the rooftops of their houses because the water level had already risen so high that they needed to be rescued by pump boats.

We even read that San Miguel Corp. is willing to buy 50 pump boats to help hasten the rescues. If only, I could give them Capt. Jack Sparrow’s boat, it would have helped save more people. Alas, I could only hope and pray for better days... or maybe exchange my kibbles for some pesos for donation.



We are sad to note that a lot of people and animals are still out there, waiting for rescuers to get to them. In some video clips that we saw, we had seen numerous dogs being rescued together with their hoomans. Some, however, were not so fortunate- it breaks our hearts.

Today is a day of major concern. We are one with those who had lost family members and those who had lost their properties and sources of living. We can all continue to hope that the sun continues to shine in the coming days (esp. that manang is supposed to go to Manila tomorrow night).

To the rescuers, volunteers, businessmen and media personalities who had given their time, money and service to help our fellowmen and keep all of us continually informed, our hats go off to all of you! The selflessness of rescuers and continued outpouring of assistance and donations are so overwhelming it inspires us. It gives us hope, that indeed, we can work as one nation.

In my young Labrador life, no day makes me more proud to be a Filipino.

Godspeed everyone and may this new day, though difficult, be a new start for all of us.

Be safe everyone and keep dry!

Drooly kisses,

Aki

10 comments:

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

I've got my paws khrossed fur woo and your people -

I'll be sending Sibe Vibes to your part of the world -

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

The OP Pack said...

We will be keeping you and all your people in our thoughts and prayers. We hope the worst is over and that there will be a lot of help for those that need it.

Hugs, the OP Pack

Maggie and Mitch said...

We are so sorry to hear this news! We have all of you in our thoughts and prayers, Aki!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

Our hearts go out to all of you, specially to the humans and pets victims of the horrible typhoon.
We're proud to be your friends, Aki our beloved Filipino!
( My mom has a lot of dear Filipino hooman friends too)

Lorenza said...

Hi, Aki!
I am glad to know you all are ok!
We watched the news and it looks scary!
Paws crossed for you all!
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

Chow Chow said...

We are so glad that you and your family are ok! We pray hard that your fellow Fillipinos will be fine soon. Our hearts go out to those who has lost their home and family.

Huskee and Hershey said...

Hi Aki,
Yes, we read about the flood in Manila and are so sad about the people losing their lives and their homes... Mom's been to Manila at least a dozen times before and she loves it there.. the people are always so friendly and the city is beautiful.
Keeping all the people in our thoughts and prayers..


Psst.. You do think it's a good idea if I trade that black and white one with Mr Howell for some zeros right? Ok if I do get the money he's promised, I'll buy myself a ticket to come and visit you. Deal??

Dino and Family said...

Oh no! I hate typhoons! I am keeping my paws crossed for all the victims. Aki and Family, please be safe. Love, Dino

Ketsana Relief said...

The dog is so cute? Is he also a victim of Ondoy? Hope that dog is still okay as well as the owners and other people in your area? how are you guys now?

The Animal Doctor said...

Hi Koykoy and Poopie,
Thank you so much for your concern. We are still alive and safe from the flood so far. But our hearts go out to many people and animals who are suffering now. A lot of sick dogs have visited the Animal Doc today, so please please be careful. Avoid the flood.

lovelots, Mommy Lilli( the Secretary)