I consider myself truly blessed… I thank God that my family and I are safe…
September 26, 2009…the day my home city stood still. A typhoon named Ketsana battered Manila on this day. Dumping approximately 17 inches of rain in just 12 hours. The worst rainfall in 42 years. At 11 am in the morning raging water have reached 6 feet sending people panicking amidst gushing rapids, towards rooftops. Rivers overflowed…Flash floods and landslides paralyzed 80 percent of Manila
And it was just the start. Children are swept away in the rampaging flood, countless families buried in mud. As night time falls…the authorities are overwhelmed, there were so limited resources, transportation was rendered useless…and the rain has not ceased. Families are still waiting to be rescued… drenched, hungry and cold. And the government acknowledged that it is unable to deal with the calamity without urgent help.
The devastation is absolutely unprecedented...two-storey-high waters, cars piled on top of each other, scores of dead people, hundreds still missing, collapsed structures, countless properties are ruined etc. Thank God for private institutions and foreign aids. Rebuilding is now in process.
We were scheduled to go back home to Oklahoma end of this month but I preferred to stay put. At least for awhile. My husband and I volunteered our services to a local Philippine Red Cross center. We repack donated relief goods, medicines, water and clothes. I thought I could only witness these terrible scenes on a Hollywood movie or in a comic magazine. And I have viewed New Orleans’ Katrina and the Asian Tsunami as a spectator…an outsider. Today I can never take my life, family and belongings for granted ever again. God blessed me with everything I have…diabetes and all!