A flashback to September 2009, Typhoon Ondoy made contact with the Philippines and was considered to be the most devastating typhoon to have hit the country.
Internationally called “Ketsana”, Ondoy is recorded to have been the cause of the worst case of flooding in the Philippines, bringing at least 106 people to the list of dead and missing.
Today, again on September, felt like a sequel to the tragedy of Ondoy as Manila is greeted by what seems to be the strongest typhoon of the year 2014, Typhoon Mario.
At around 2-3 a.m. in the morning, Mario, accompanied by the southwest monsoon, sent warning signals to the country by blasting countless thunder booms that woke the majority of the population. Moments after this, the rain had finally exclaimed “touchdown!”
Netizens labeled this as “Ondoy Part 2” while posting photos of the heavy flooding in their own homes and the surrounding areas. Some have thought this to be worse than what Ondoy had brought 5 years ago, while most disagree due to how fast Ondoy had left compared to Mario and the number of casualties brought.
At around 10:00 a.m. the La Mesa Dam reached spilling level which caused residents of Quezon City to evacuate. The Marikina River was also on a critical level as citizens were also forced to evacuate the area. [See: Typhoon Mario and Habagat submerge most parts of Metro Manila by The Centrio Times]
At least 470,000 were affected by the storm. One of the first fatalities reported due to the storm was a 2-year-old who drowned in the flood in Brgy. Bagong Silangan.
As of 6:00 p.m. Red Rainfall Warning for Bataan, Zambales, Tarlac, and Nueva Ecija. Orange for Metro Manila, Cavite, Rizal, Bulacan, and Pampanga. Yellow for Laguna, Batangas, and Quezon.
Meanwhile, surrounding areas of Mayon Volcano have been declared under state of calamity by the government.