Unforgettable Experience, Swimming At Flood Waters, Typhoon Ondoy

@bing28 (3798)
Philippines
September 28, 2009 8:10pm CST
The typhoon was not that strong, though continuously raining. Had to go to the hospital to get important medical results, last Saturday. Had to rush home as the hospital, San Juan De Dios was sorrounded with waters already. Small vehicles were already stranded, good the bus able to pass thru. When I get off, no choice but to walk with the flood waters up to my waist. No more rides in my way home that I have to swim the dirty flood waters, now a breast deep, around 500 meters to reach a safer ground. Thanks to the two children living in that area who guided me. I joined people standing outside a fastfood shop waiting for the waters to go dowm. Stores around were all closed, no power and it's getting dark. Had prepared myself to stay till morning, after being stranded for 6 hours, thanks God a garbage truck came and fetch us. Lucky enough, however while other areas were battered by typhoon Ondoy with rooftop deep floods, properties and lives were damaged and lost. Some people still missing. God bless the Phils. to get over this.
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4 responses
@krajibg (11936)
• Guwahati, India
29 Sep 09
Hi bing, I saw that devastating flood on TV and was shocked as to how come such flood hit your place. Much lesser than this you had some 17 years back. This feels too bad to watch houses submerged in flood water and vehicles disappearing specially the smaller ones. Flood is not a new experience here in India and particularly in the state we live in.This is the dangerous warning of the global warming and the glaciers are melting and we need to be serious about being too careless. Hope you are fine by now.
@bing28 (3798)
• Philippines
7 Oct 09
Right rajib I also believed this might be due to the global warning and melting of the glaciers, as the rain was not really that hard enough for that single day but the surprising flood waters just came from nowhere. Am fine now but recuperating from surgery. Thanks for the response...
@bing28 (3798)
• Philippines
7 Oct 09
correction: global warming
@williamjisir (22903)
• China
1 Jan 10
Hello bing. After reading this discussion, it reminds me of the major river in my province which used to have large flood many years ago, when the river water rushed into the center of the city with water going into many houses. Back to then I was a small child. It was very scary when recalling this situation. So I can see how much more scary you must have felt with the water up to the waist. It is really like a swimming pool. I am so sorry for the disaster caused by the typhoon and wish that those missing were later found sound and safe. All the best to you, my dear friend.
@bing28 (3798)
• Philippines
2 Jan 10
Oh yes, William so scary especially for the people who went up to their rooftops, seeing waters all around and watching other neighbors swift by the current. I wiah and pray to God that no more disaster would happen to our country this year and the coming years after sad things and other tragedies that happened last year. Thanks for the response, dear friend. Best Wishes to the family...
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
29 Sep 09
Oh goodness Bing that is not good at all I hope you will not catch a chill or anything now from this and I really hope that you are safe now and warm now pease take care of yourself and I am so glad that those 2 Children where there to help you Hugs
@bing28 (3798)
• Philippines
7 Oct 09
Oh yes Gabs, I had took antibiotics to avoid catching illness from the flood waters. I gave a little reward for the two children but I wiah I would meet them again and be treated for even a snack at the nearby fastfood as during that time stores were all closed. I'd been okey gabs and even undergone surgery days after. Thanks for the response, God bless...
@Theresaaiza (10484)
• Australia
29 Sep 09
Hi bing, I am glad you lived through all that. I have watched the news on TV and felt really sorry and sad for our Filipino brothers and sisters who have gone through such a calamity. Thank God we weren't that affected here in Bohol (Visayas region). That is why as far as I know, a lot of religious and media sectors along with charitable institutions are accepting donations here in our place for the victims of typhoon Ondoy. The flood also caused too much damage to the house and properties of my Uncle's house in New Manila. He has had such a wonderfully designed home with a basement which contained his home theater, computer room, and their bedrooms, dining area, mini gym, laundry area (with the washing machine of course). All of it, submerged in flood waters. :-( I just don't know how he'll be able to restore everything back to normal.
@bing28 (3798)
• Philippines
7 Oct 09
Yes, theresa, we're much luckier we're not much affected. We will just pray for God's blessings for them to recover and pray that same disaster would not happen again. Thanks for the response.