Paradoxical effect of Basyang

Philippines
July 15, 2010 3:07am CST
Lately, we were disturbed by the news that another typhoon is lurking in our country. Known to be the 2nd of the estimated 26 typhoons in a year, Basyang as known by many is a blessing in disguise. Though it is already concluded that it may cause floods in the city, it as well increases the water level of Anggat dam where water source in the metro came from. What's your insight to this would you rather suffer the 'baha' or just be thankful that it helped in obtaining pottable water in the society?
5 responses
• Philippines
15 Jul 10
wow!?! another typhoon?!? well, it's both good & bad news to me as well as other people. for me, it is good news because it may mean that classes might get suspended and i'll get to sleep more during the climax of the storm (with the strong wind & rain that keeps me cool). hahaha. well, it's really kind of selfish for me to think this way but it's just my opinion. and another positive thing about this is its contribution to the dams in need of more water :))) hahahaa. we'll benefit from the one way or another. however, the bad side of the story is that many people will lose there homes, get injured, or worse, die in the event of the next typhoon. we'll all just have to be ready.
• Philippines
17 Jul 10
The bad news is PAGASA have not yet improved with regards to the technology they use. Its hard not to be ready but its much harder that the ones we rely on giving us news only have this device that updates only every 6 hours...:(
• Canada
17 Jul 10
whats the latest now? hows the situation now specially in Bataan where theres oil spill? i thought the problem for oil spill is only in gulf but in philippines too. i wish everything would be clean up soon so that the fishermen would earn income again for their living.
@xtedaxcvg (3191)
• Philippines
16 Jul 10
I just hope we would have a better way of storing water from every way possible. I'm just wondering, which part of the Metro is the La Mesa damn supplying? Or is that even a source of water for the public? I'm also confused as to why Manila water consumers have water everyday when Maynilad waters suffer water shortage? Don't they get water from the same source? My basis for this claim? Ask any Manila water customer around and see if they suffer water shortage. My cousin lives in Timog area and we go to them to get rations of water.
• Philippines
17 Jul 10
I don't know with regards to that coz i'm from mindanao..
@doryvien (2293)
• United States
15 Jul 10
Hi Meeksilent, I was one of those severely affected by the Ondoy typhoon, so definitely I wouldn't want another "baha" (flood) of that type. I know we are all praying for that much needed rainfall to replenish the water supply of Anggat Dam but I hope that when those typhoons come marching in and carry with them more water than wind, it won't be as destructive as the one we experienced (the Ondoy disaster). Thphoon Basyang's water wasn't enough to fill the required level of water at Anggat as it had more wind than water, but I was somehow thankful coz it didn't submerge the metro.
• Philippines
15 Jul 10
I got your point. There's more wind rather than rainfall that's why a lot have suffered losing their homes as well as blackouts and that the Anngat Dam didn't have enough increase on its water level. too bad..tsk.tsk
@dfhonline (130)
• Philippines
15 Jul 10
Before the power was cut off, I heard one of the government official said it being a blessing in disguise as we are in dire need of water to support our farms. We can actually have both, if only our drainage system is fixed.
• Philippines
15 Jul 10
Part of it is the governments fault, but we must not just blame it to them coz even the people contributed to the flood in terms of improper garbage disposal.
@TheAdvocate (2395)
• Philippines
15 Jul 10
I think that if done right, we can have potable water without the floods. It would help greatly if we clean up our waterways. We have clogged it so much with garbage. I think Ondoy opened people's eyes that we need to be pro-active in preventing flood. I have seen a lot of clean-up projects being done. I hope that we can sustain the efforts. At least Basyang brought .1mm of water to Angat which is just about one month supply of water. And to think that Basyang brought more wind than water.