Saturday, October 3, 2009

Hard Rain Falling

An all time high in rainfall volume brought about by a changing climate, decades of mismanaged land use and zoning and destruction of critical watershed areas has wrought unprecedented flooding in Metro Manila.

This is where the surging Marikina River begins. Reigned in by the Wawa Dam, the waters are in turn birthed from water flowing down the mountains of the Sierra Madre.

At the height of Ondoy's downpour, the river swelled to a frightening 2 meters at the least,(note the brown band from the riverbed to the treeline) a surging force of nature that swept everything in its path

leaving a path of death and destruction of such magnitude never been seen before.

A hard rain is falling leaving many searching for higher ground. This is a wake up call.

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