Please pray for the Philippines

Philippines
September 26, 2009 2:32pm CST
We have been hit yesterday by one of the fiercest typhoons to date after more than several decades. Reports said that the 6 hours of continuous rainfall was comparable to one month's worth of rain! Rich and poor alike were not spared as we heard news about movie and TV celebrities' houses being flooded. One was even pictured on the roof of their house! As of this writing, 46 has already been confirmed dead due to the floods that ravaged more than 2 dozen provinces. This is a disaster the likes of which hasn't been seen in decades. My heart bleeds especially for those little children and babies who had to endure being on rooftops exposed to heavy rains and strong winds without food nor rescue teams in sight for hours. I am writing this at 3 am filled with worry as even my husband hasn't come home yet from his meeting with a co-worker. I can no longer contact his cell phone nor the land line phone of our friend he was supposed to stay with for the night if things got worse. I don't know if he got there safely or not or if he tried to make it home :( Please, say a little prayer for my countrymen especially those who have been badly affected by this storm.
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• Philippines
27 Sep 09
as i write this, "the buzz" just ended. they had shown live feeds at that time and i can see that the water is still high in some areas. my heart bleeds for those who are really affected by the storm. they had to endure the cold and hunger for so many hours, others even up to this time (24 hours after or even more). i know the feeling of being a victim of a storm but not any worse as typhoon Ondoy. the typhoon that hit us in 1990 took away power and water in the whole island. lucky for us to have a manual water pump where we also shared water. rich and poor are alike in times of calamities. let us offer prayers to those who perish and help the victims in any way we can. my prayers go out to all of them. God bless.
• Philippines
27 Sep 09
.... additionally, the typhoon that hit us in 1990 left the whole island with no power and water for A MONTH! typhoon Ondoy in Manila was worst.
• Philippines
27 Sep 09
I know. I'm sure it has been a real eye-opener for a lot of people to realize that disasters don't choose victims. The rich and the poor are equally affected. I just pray that those who are still stranded on their roofs are rescued as soon as possible. It has been about 48 hours now since the typhoon struck and there is still no end in sight for the relief operations going on :(
@shally_hh (418)
• China
27 Sep 09
sorry to hear that and we will pary for you all.let's work together to overcome the difficulties.
• Philippines
27 Sep 09
Thank you shally. We WILL overcome, together :)
@sandymay16 (1619)
• Philippines
27 Sep 09
Hi, glad to know you're safe. I am here in Negros and it's not a typhoon path but we had rains too although not as torrential as in Manila and Northern Luzon. I have the seen the news but later in the evening because I was helping watching over my cousin who was in the hospital down with dengue fever. My brother has been contacting our cousins in Quezon City but they can't be reached. Friends have texted that they're okay over there but others are not. We worry too and pray where we are for our country and the people that we will be strong during this time of crisis. I know we Filipinos are strong in spirit and the Filipino ingenuity will always be present during this time.
• Philippines
27 Sep 09
Quezon City was badly hit too although not as bad as Marikina, Antipolo and Cainta. My husband stayed at a friend's house in Proj. 4 and the landlines there were busted. I kept trying to call his cell phone and our friend's landline the whole night to no avail. He was only able to call me at 9am the following morning when he was already on his way home. Yes, our country will definitely make it through this. I wholeheartedly believe in that, with God's help.
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• Philippines
27 Sep 09
i am from the visayas. i am continuously praying for the safety of our fellow Filipinos who were affected by the typhoon ondoy. please continue to be strong for your husband. pray and do not lose faith in God...
@lelin1123 (15651)
• Puerto Rico
27 Sep 09
I'm really sorry to hear of what you are going thru. I will have you and the Philippines in my pray tonight. God Bless you all and keep safe.
• Philippines
27 Sep 09
Thank you so much lelin. More people praying will mean a lot :)
• Philippines
27 Sep 09
hello writermom, Yes, this typhoon has really caused a lot of damages and people displaced from their homes. that's terrible, your husband got stranded as well. has he come home now? must be terrible to be worried with a loved one who's got tied in the middle of the storm. don't worry am sure he made it out alright, my brother did, am sure your hubby too
• Philippines
27 Sep 09
Thanks LetranKnight. My husband is a Letran alumni too :) Yes, he got home the next morning after sleeping over at a friend's house in QC. I was the one who was up most of the night worrying :p Glad your brother made it home too.
• Philippines
27 Sep 09
many of my friends spent the night at their offices. it was so scary to try to go home with that flood and heavy rainfall. even the public transportation had difficulty. i just hope nobody we know got hurt.
• Philippines
27 Sep 09
Yes, better in the office where it's dry and warm than out in the streets soaked and shaking with cold trying to get home. My husband planned on braving the rains two nights ago just to get home. But he was so tired after walking several kilometers in thigh-deep floods that when he got to our friend's house and sat down on the sofa, he said his body just felt limp with fatigue. I'm glad he decided to stay the night instead of being out in the streets where who knows what he might have encountered.
@agv0419 (3033)
• Philippines
27 Sep 09
Yesterday we worried a lot because the rain was non-stop and the flood was almost going to enter in our house. Thanks to the people who are concern in our neighborhood they fix the clog in our drainage system. We never expected that the typhoon going to brought so much rain yesterday. I also heard it on the news that the 6 hours of rain yesterday is equivalent to 1 month of rain. My sister also stranded in Manila yesterday she gots home only this morning. She said that Kapuso foundation gave them food to eat while they are stranded last night. We are lucky compare to other people who are affected by typhoon they are really submerged in water. The situation of the people affected are so pathetic and the babies who are in the rooftop soak in the rain. Every year the typhoons getting stronger and disastrous we experiencing the effect of global warming.
• Philippines
27 Sep 09
Good to know that your house hasn't been flooded. I have several friends whose homes were submerged until the first floor of their houses. One colleague was even trapped in their attic with her baby. They were rescued more than 24 hours later :( Yes, we're feeling the effects of global warming more and more each time a typhoon comes. People should learn to help conserve the environment. Sadly, a lot just doesn't care unless they become directly affected. I hope more people would take notice this time.
• Philippines
27 Sep 09
I am also from the Philippines and I am also worried about this recent typhoon. I am bit luckier because our province is not much affected by the typhoon. I couldn't imagine myself if it happened here in our place because , first, my husband isn't here to help me. Second, my daughter was sick yesterday and I am sure I couldn't let her stay in the rain had it happened here. . . Let's all pray that everything will be fine soon.
• Philippines
27 Sep 09
I glad that your province has been spared. I hope that your daughter gets well soon. Yes, let's continue to pray. There are still a lot of people waiting to be rescued :(
@ayenacsi (912)
• Philippines
26 Sep 09
I m sure that all will be well. We, Filipinos are tougher than we may seem and we'll all pull through this calamity yet again. The news has been scary and many families are affected. It is in times like this that we need to work together and pray that we will have the strength to survive thru this. I am sure that your husband will be well. It's just that the lines must be congested or something. He must be sleeping soundly and you're worried too much. I am saying a little prayer that all members of the family away from home be safe and God keep them.
• Philippines
27 Sep 09
Thanks ayenacsi. My hubby got home at 10:30 am yesterday morning. He stayed at our friend's house and said he slept fitfully thinking about me and the kids. And yes, the lines were definitely congested. He was only able to call me around 9 a.m. when he was already riding the MRT back to Ayala. In a way, it's heartening to see how much Filipinos have united once again to help each other.
@angelajoy (1847)
• Philippines
28 Sep 09
Hello writermom8. I am from the same country. I haven't seen a typhoon this bad hit Manila in more than 10 years. If I am not mistaken, experts say that Ondoy was the worst typhoon that hit Manila in 42 years. I was in Bohol when the typhoon hit, and I'm glad that my family in Manila was not badly affected by the typhoon. I sincerely hope your husband is not in any danger.
@shally_hh (418)
• China
27 Sep 09
sorry to hear that and we will pray for you all.let's work together to overcome the difficulties.