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Here’s a collection of pics I found all over Facebook- special thanks to Jeremiah Reyes and Jr Lo for initiating the effort to compile all the pics they could and share it for all the world to see. If you want get an idea of how things were going down in Metro Manila after these events were happening, check out my other post monitoring online chatter through my friends’ and colleagues’ activities on Facebook.
Please take note that I do not own these photos. I merely share this to give you all an idea of how bad things were when Typhoon Ondoy /Ketsana hit Metro Manila on the day of 26 September 2009. As mentioned, these pics were already compiled by Jeremiah Reyes and JR Lo. If you own the pictures, please let me know, so I can give you proper credit, as well as a link on this post.
Satellite image of the storm: Typhoon Ondoy/Ketsana was directly above Metro Manila, ready to drop all that rain down on an unsuspecting city.
A photo shared by Jam Mercado. When the rains hit, ankle-deep floodwaters are a nuisance, but fairly manageable. What people didn't know was that there was a lot more rain coming through, and the results would be disastrous.
Floodwaters starting to build up in Merville, a residential subidivision in Parañaque City. Taken just before noon of the 26th.
An underpass along Makati Avenue is all flooded up. Around noontime on Sept 26, in Makati City.
It doesn't usually flood up in the Central Business District of Makati. So when you see something like an underpass flood up completely, you know something's gone terribly wrong.
The corner of Buendia Avenue and the South Expressway usually floods up, yes, but not like this at all. The water was quickly rising up to chest-level, and vehicles unfortunate enough to get stuck there just had to be abandoned.
The Manila Peninsula Hotel at the corner of Makati Avenue, which doesn't usually flood up. Nearby Greenbelt was also all flooded up at the time this picture was taken.
Floodwaters in Manila, at the corner of Taft Avenue and Vito Cruz.
A view of Taft Avenue, in the area of De La Salle University, from above. What you don't see are the several levels of basement parking from all the nearby buildings all flooded up by the time this picture was taken.
Floodwaters this high, as it turns out, was just the beginning. Unfortunate souls in places like Marikina, Cainta and Pasig had their houses submerged entirely!
Raging floodwaters poured right inside houses all over the city. The lucky ones were able to get most of their stuff up to higher ground. Needless to say, property damage all over the city was rather extensive.
All over the city, car owners woke up that morning to heavy rains that threatened to submerge their cars if they didn't move them quickly enough to higher ground. This one was taken in Valle Verde II, a residential village in Pasig City.
Flooding along C5, right in front of the SM Hypermart. As you can see, the waters are deep enough for you to actually swim in. My apartment is less than 10 minutes away from this place- I haven't checked it yet at the time I saw this photo, but I know I'd be dealing with massive water damage when I get home.
A Toyota Corolla caught completely submerged in the floods in the area of Araneta Avenue in QC. Yes, the driver side window was open the entire time.
The same Toyota Corolla, a few minutes later. Cars submerged in floodwater were fairly common all over the city this whole day.
While flooding in the area of Araneta Avenue in Quezon City is generally expected because of the nearby creek, what was frighteningly unusual was that a scene like this was going on in places that don't normally flood up.
That's a Honda CRV, submerged right in front of the gates of Xavier School in San Juan City.
Even as floodwaters come crashing down towards low-lying areas, you can see how the sheer volume of water makes roads and sidestreets virtually impassible, as vehicles get knocked aside and even swept away in that rush of floodwater. This was taken in the area of Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City.
Katipunan Avenue, this time from above. You can see that tangle of vehicles attempting to head out towards the areas of Marikina, Cainta and Pasig. Motorists might not have been aware of it at the time, but the floodwaters in those areas were climbing at an alarming rate.
Rains were constantly pouring down all night. As all the waters were pouring down into nearby creeks, canals and rivers, the banks started swelling up, spilling back all that water onto the surrounding areas. Hard hit were Marikina, Cainta, and areas of Pasig, then the areas of Makati, Mandaluyong, Manila and Quezon City. Just a few hours into the afternoon, the rest of the city was submerged in water.
The Fort Area in Taguig. Never have I known this area to flood up. First time it ever happened, if my memory serves me right.
Check out the news coverage on Typhoon Ondoy/Ketsana on the BBC and CNN here. Photos from all over the city can be found here on Yahoo News.
Read about my own personal Typhoon Ondoy /Ketsana here.