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MANILA HAVING A WET AND WILD TIME WITH MASSIVE FLOODING ACROSS THE CITY
August 8 2012
Manila, The Philippines – The streets of Manila are awash with water after the country was hit with a massive typhoon last week which really kind of went unreported by media outlets around the world. 50 people died in that storm and now the bloated rivers have burst their banks causing the country’s major cities to fall under water.
With a Tropical Storm also nearby it’s expected that the flooding will only get more severe before it gets better, meaning that the people of Manila and beyond better get used to a wet and wild time over the coming days and probably weeks.
“Expect landslides and flashfloods in mountainous areas and floods in low-lying areas. Everybody who is supposed to do something is doing what he is supposed to do,” said President Benigno Aquino.
Schools, offices, and even the stock exchange which no one really knew the Philippines had have all been closed in the wake of the flooding.
Nine people have been killed so far in Manila which, despite all the fun people are having in the rain, really isn’t all that fun at all.
A number of people have also been killed in landslides which officials are urging people not to ride on as they carry with them little more than the promise of death.
“This looks like fun from the pictures and it is certainly going to be something that people remember but people are dying that that kind of thing is rarely fun, especially if you are the one doing the dying. That tends to erode any kind of fun people have, dying, it’s just not a pleasant thing to have to endure,” said Scrape TV International analyst Gustav Hander. “I mean its fine, or at least it probably is once you are dead but the lead up to that is often miserable especially if you are trapped under tonnes of mud and water. That has to be a pretty bad way to go.”
Officials are expecting even more flooding as the La Mesa dam continues to flow over.
Metropolitan Manila has a little under 12 million people all of whom are really, really wet right now. Or dead, some are dead.
“I would have thought, just given the sheer size of this event, that it would have been more widely reported and it’s not like this a country people don’t like. Sure it’s far
away and kind of poor and full of foreigners but I don’t know anyone that doesn’t know someone from the Philippines and for the most part people from there are very nice so it is a little sad that no one seems to care they are drowning,” continued Hander. “Then again, the Olympics are on and that is drawing a lot of attention. Plus the latest Batman movie and then all that Jackson Family drama which is just waiting to boil over again, considering all that it actually makes sense that people aren’t paying attention. There is only so much time in the day after all and people drowning half way around the world really can’t be a priority for everyone. They have people there who are worrying about it, that’s enough.”
The Philippines have not won a single medal at the Olympics, not even in swimming which they should be good at.
Emil Uliya, International Correspondent