Many people remembered Ondoy when Mario came.
No, these are not people’s names but names of weather disturbances that wreaked havoc to the country’s National Capital Region and its suburbs.
Ondoy deluge happened five years ago, on September 26, 2009.
I wrote a post about our experience during Ondoy in this post.
A week after Ondoy ravaged mega Manila, Pepeng did so much damage to the northern part of the country.
Last week, another big weather disturbance wrecked havoc to the same area that Ondoy ravaged. His name is Mario.
In this article I wrote, I asked three people to recount their experience during the two deluges:
*Louie’s son *Clay spent the night at his Lola’s home in Marikina. Lola’s home is a two-storey house near the Tumana River. During Ondoy, he slept on the roof together with his Lola and Yaya while his dad, Louie (and their dogs) slept on the roof of his SUV at their house in Cainta.
*Faye, who just gave birth to her second child, a daughter, spent their time on the second floor of their home with her husband, her son and his nanny during the onslaught of Ondoy. When the rains let up, they walked on top of fences to go to a higher place and seek refuge. They spent a few months at Faye’s family home in Rizal while their home was being repaired after cleaning up was done.
*Anne recalls Ondoy vividly as if it happened yesterday:
“Ondoy brought ceiling-high flood waters into our home, causing us to take refuge in a neighbor’s house opposite ours. The flood rose so quickly, we fled with only the clothes on our back, our wallets which could not buy us any food, and our mobile phones which soon either ran out of load or battery juice.
“We took turns sleeping in a room provided for us by the kind neighbor or looking out the window watching the water gobble up our house — roof and all — in a matter of an hour and later recede inch by painful inch over the following two days and two nights. We were hungry, wet and dirty; worried over our two girls who were stranded in Quezon City; and anxious over our dogs whom we left behind.”
The Mario experience.
Louie and Clay did not have to experience the recent floods that ravaged Cainta because they left the place soon after Ondoy to live someplace else that is flood-free.
Anne and her family also put up their stuff on the second floor of their homes. After Mario left, she woke up to an organized home, thankful the waters stopped short of their gate and for extra hands that moved furniture and stuff back where they belong.
Faye and family were as fortunate. The flood only threatened but didn’t quite enter their house. However, they now have to move their stuff back to the first floor. Hard work, she says, but still a breeze, compared to what they went through during Ondoy.
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