/ Waist-deep floods swamped low-lying areas of Manila after a dam near the city overspilled and had to open its gates, swelling rivers downstream, said Anna Orallo of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. /
/ Heavy rains spawned by a low-pressure area off Batangas caused severe flooding in Metro Manila and nearby areas yesterday, prompting authorities to suspend classes and work in major government offices. /
/ Floods submerge CamSur villages. Several villages in the town of Bombon, Camarines Sur were submerged in floods on Tuesday following non-stop rains since Monday night. According to the province’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, floods swept through barangays San Roque, San Jose, San Isidro, Sto. Domingo, Pagao and San Antonio /
/ Floods hit Dagupan due to high tide. Downtown Dagupan City in Pangasinan was submerged in floods Tuesday morning even though there was no rain in the area. Five barangays were submerged in floods measuring approximately 2 meters above sea level at 10 a.m. due to the high tide. /
/ The low pressure area (LPA) brings heavy rains on Central and Southern Luzon including Metro Manila and Quirino, causing flooding in some of these areas /
/ Heavy rains and flooding disrupted classes in many parts of Luzon on Tuesday and sent officials preparing for evacuations. In two Bulacan towns—Obando and Hagonoy—classes were suspended when heavy rains and high tide in Manila Bay combined to bring floods to low-lying areas. In Rosario, Cavite, a school was submerged in knee-deep floods but mainly because of high tide, according to Mayor Jose Ricafrente. Classes were also suspended in Bacoor and Tagaytay Cities, Cainta in Rizal and Calamba City in Laguna. At the eastern coastal side of Masantol, houses and schools were flooded due to high tide. /
/ Floods force suspension of classes in Cavite, Laguna towns. Classes were suspended Tuesday in Rosario, Cavite after heavy rains caused the waters of Manila Bay to swell and flood the town’s low-lying areas. /
/ Classes suspended in Obando. Classes in all levels at public and private schools in this coastal town were suspended on Tuesday after heavy rains and high tide from Manila Bay flooded several villages. /
India TILTING & BACKWASHING:
Here report are talking only about the floods in India, but as the MODIS captures the area, along with Bangladesh.
They just ignore it!
/ Disastrous floods in Assam: 100 killed, 25 lakh homeless. Assam, the gateway to the northeastern seven sister states of India, is facing the nature’s fury once again. The flood situation in Assam is grim, nearly 25 lakhs people affected in the deluge and around 100 killed till 3rd July.
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Ms. Sonia Gandhi undertook an aerial survey of the part of flood-hit areas of Jorhat, Dhemaji and world famous river-island Majoli. Later, on Monday (2 July) they have announced only Rs 500 crore-package for Assam which has been battling the worst floods since last one decade. While commenting on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s 500 crore relief package, Sirajuddin Ajmal, leader of the Assam’s main opposition political party, All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) said, “It is like a drop in the ocean, the money is grossly inadequate.” /
/ Lagos and some parts of Ogun State were submerged yesterday___ no thanks to a torrential rainfall, which fell for over 10 hours. Commuters and motorists had a hectic time moving around the city of Lagos yesterday after the all-night downpour. /
Two dead as heavy rains pound Philippine capital
MANILA - Two people were killed by a collapsing wall as heavy rains pounded the Philippine capital Tuesday, bringing floods that have been worsened by garbage clogging the city's sewers and drains, officials said.
Waist-deep floods swamped low-lying areas of Manila after a dam near the city overspilled and had to open its gates, swelling rivers downstream, said Anna Orallo of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
The capital recorded its first deaths from the weather early Tuesday when two residents of a northern Manila suburb were crushed to death after a "stone wall beside their house collapsed because of the rain", Orallo told AFP.
Teams were deployed throughout the capital to provide help in case the flooding worsened, said Francis Tolentino, head of the Metro Manila Development Authority.
Tolentino blamed much of the flooding on waterways being clogged by garbage dumped into storm drains and sewers.
"The garbage is the main source of our floods. The whole nation needs to find a way to lessen the garbage," he said in an interview with ABS-CBN television.
At least seven domestic flights were cancelled due to the bad weather.
Authorities warned a brewing storm would continue to dump rains over the main island of Luzon, possibly bringing landslides and more flooding to the region.
The Philippines endures an average of 20 major storms a year, which often cause deadly flash floods and landslides.
Floods submerge CamSur villages
MANILA, Philippines – Several villages in the town of Bombon, Camarines Sur were submerged in floods on Tuesday following non-stop rains since Monday night.
According to the province’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, floods swept through barangays San Roque, San Jose, San Isidro, Sto. Domingo, Pagao and San Antonio.
Authorities said worst-hit by the floods is Barangay San Roque, where a creek overflowed.
Some residents used sandbags to try to prevent floodwaters from entering their homes while others decided to evacuate.
Several residents, meanwhile, called on the government to address a concern regarding logs swept down river that have been gathering at a bridge.
Classes were cancelled in the towns of Pamplona and Magarao but a teacher said floods quickly subsided in their area and its possible classes will resume on Wednesday.
In Naga City, the rains caused knee-high floods in Barangay Caluag.
The Naga airport had to cancel flights due to the bad weather.
The water level at the Bicol River, meanwhile, remains normal, according to authorities. -- Report from Jonathan Magistrado, ABS-CBN News Bicol
Floods hit Dagupan due to high tide
MANILA, Philippines – Downtown Dagupan City in Pangasinan was submerged in floods Tuesday morning even though there was no rain in the area.
Five barangays were submerged in floods measuring approximately 2 meters above sea level at 10 a.m. due to the high tide.
Residents said the sudden rise of water was very unusual compared to their previous experience of flooding in the past months.
According to the city engineer’s office, the floodwaters came from the silted rivers in the area, particularly from Pantal River.
Authorities said the flood subsided Tuesday afternoon. -- Report from Jing Vallejos, ABS-CBN News Dagupan
Low pressure area brings heavy rains, causes flooding
MANILA (Updated 9:21 a.m.) -- The low pressure area (LPA) brings heavy rains on Central and Southern Luzon including Metro Manila and Quirino, causing flooding in some of these areas, the state weather bureau said on Tuesday.
Weather forecaster Boy Soriaga said heavy rains since early Tuesday has flooded some roads in Metro Manila, making these impassable to light vehicles.
This prompted some schools in Paranaque, Pasay, Taguig and Quezon cities to suspend classes.
Soriaga said the LPA was last spotted at 30 kilometers north of Ambulong, Batangas.
Despite bringing heavy rains, he said, the LPA has small chance to turn into cyclone because it is in the landmass. It was expected to dissipate on Thursday.
Soriaga said except for LPA, there is no weather disturbance seen outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).
In its 6:20 a.m. advisory, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) issued a yellow warning signal for some areas.
A rainfall of 10.2 millimeters (mm) are expected in Tanay in Rizal; 4 mm at Sangley Point in Cavite; 5 mm at Science Garden, Quezon City; and 3 mm at Port Area, Manila.
Under the heavy rainfall warning system, a yellow warning indicates that an expected rainfall of 7.5 mm to 15 mm within one hour is likely to continue.
Communities under this advisory are advised to be aware of the weather conditions. The bureau warned that flooding may also occur in low-lying areas.
Pagasa said the Central and Southern Luzon will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms becoming widespread rains over Central Luzon, Quirino and Quezon provinces that may trigger flash floods and landslides.
"Residents living in low-lying areas and along mountain slopes are advised to be alert for possible occurrence of flash floods and landslides," it said.
The weather agency added Visayas and the rest of Luzon will have mostly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms.
Mindanao will be partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers and thunderstorms.
Moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast to northwest will prevail over Luzon and coming from southwest over Eastern Visayas.
The coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.
Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the southwest with slight to moderate seas. (PNA/Sunnex)
Rains, floods disrupt classes in Luzon provinces
Heavy rains and flooding disrupted classes in many parts of Luzon on Tuesday and sent officials preparing for evacuations.
In two Bulacan towns—Obando and Hagonoy—classes were suspended when heavy rains and high tide in Manila Bay combined to bring floods to low-lying areas.
In Rosario, Cavite, a school was submerged in knee-deep floods but mainly because of high tide, according to Mayor Jose Ricafrente.
Ricafrente said water started to rise at dawn Tuesday, prompting the suspension of all classes in the town.
Cavite Gov. Juanito Victor Remulla ordered classes suspended in the towns of Noveleta and Naic, which are along the coast of Manila Bay.
Classes were also suspended in Bacoor and Tagaytay Cities, Cainta in Rizal and Calamba City in Laguna.
Raul Agustin, senior flood officer of the provincial disaster risk reduction and management council of Bulacan, said the Ipo Dam yesterday started releasing excess water after the reservoir breached its critical level of 101 meters above sea level (masl) due to heavy rains since Monday.
Agustin said a gate was opened and started releasing water at 48.5 cubic meters per second when the dam level reached 101.05 masl early yesterday.
Agustin said the water release was minimal and would not significantly increase water levels in the province’s waterways.
The water level at Angat Dam, located upstream of Ipo Dam in Norzagaray town, was recorded at 186.05 masl on Tuesday morning, still below its 212 masl spilling level, according to the disaster response council.
In Pampanga, water levels at the Pampanga River, the main drainer of Central Luzon to Manila Bay, had risen slightly, said Hilton Hernando, head of the Pampanga River Basin Flood Forecasting and Warning Center.
Lulu Alingcastre, head of the Pampanga disaster response council, said floodwater topped the San Juan Bautista Bridge in Barangay Sapang Maragul in Guagua town. Low-lying areas in Betis and the town proper were flooded, she said.
At the eastern coastal side of Masantol, houses and schools were flooded due to high tide.
Village leaders opened the evacuation center built by a Canada-based nongovernment organization near Tarik Suliman High School in anticipation of floods, which last year reached 15 feet when Typhoons “Pedring” and “Quiel” struck.
In the Cordillera, police said they would distribute the “blue box,” a kit containing rescue and medical equipment, to policemen in the region for rescue operations.
Chief Supt. Benjamin Magalong, regional police director, said policemen would also undergo extensive training on search and rescue.
The rains were brought by a low-pressure area off Batangas, according to the weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa). Reports from Carmela Reyes-Estrope and Tonette Orejas, Inquirer Central Luzon; Desiree Caluza, Inquirer Northern Luzon, and Maricar Cinco, Inquirer Southern Luzon
Floods force suspension of classes in Cavite, Laguna towns
IMUS, Cavite, Philippines–Classes were suspended Tuesday in Rosario, Cavite after heavy rains caused the waters of Manila Bay to swell and flood the town’s low-lying areas.
Rosario Mayor Jose Ricafrente said water started to rise early Tuesday, prompting the municipal government to initially suspend classes at a flood-stricken public high school early in the morning.
“Rosario National High School in Barangay (village) Sapa is located in a low-lying area that’s why it is submerged in water every time the Manila Bay is at high tide,” Ricafrente said.
Afternoon classes in the rest of the schools in Rosario were also canceled, he said.
Cavite Governor Juanito Victor “Jonvic” Remulla announced that afternoon classes were also suspended in the coastal towns of Noveleta and Naic facing Manila Bay.
Vicente Tomazar, director of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (DRRMC) in Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) said classes were suspended in the cities of Bacoor and Tagaytay in Cavite, Cainta in Rizal and Calamba City in Laguna due to the bad weather.
Tomazar said the DRRMC is monitoring the water level of the San Mateo river in Rizal against a possible river overflow.
Rains flood MM; 2 dead
MANILA, Philippines - Heavy rains spawned by a low-pressure area off Batangas caused severe flooding in Metro Manila and nearby areas yesterday, prompting authorities to suspend classes and work in major government offices.
The continuous rains also caused the concrete wall of a bridge to collapse on at least four houses yesterday morning, killing a man and a young boy and injuring two others in Valenzuela City.
Valenzuela Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian identified the fatalities as Rodel Pugoy Sr., 29, company driver, and Christian Serrano, 9, who were among the informal settlers living in the danger zone in Sitio Kabatuan, Barangay General T. de Leon in the city.
Pugoy’s children, Rodel Jr., 2, and Rhiver, 1, suffered minor injuries. The victims were taken to the Valenzuela Medical Center.
City engineering officer-in-charge Praceli Nelson said that two jackhammers were being used to retrieve Pugoy’s body, still buried under the rubble as of press time.
Gatchalian lamented that informal settlers continue to stay in the danger zone under bridges and along riverbanks despite several warnings by the city government.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) stressed that despite the heavy rains, there was no tropical cyclone threatening the country.
State weathermen said the weather system was not expected to develop into a storm.
As of 2 p.m. yesterday, the low-pressure area was estimated, based on satellite and surface data, at 40 kilometers west of Manila.
However, PAGASA warned the public of “serious flooding” in low lying areas at around 3 a.m. yesterday after its station in Port Area, Manila recorded a total of 64 millimeters of rain in four hours on Tuesday morning.
At the Science Garden in Quezon City, PAGASA recorded 36 mm of rain between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m., while the heaviest rainfall was registered at 25 mm per hour at 2:30 a.m.
It also said that 56.8 mm rainfall was observed at Sangley Point, Cavite in four hours.
“So it’s not true that it (rainfall) was as heavy as the one dumped by tropical storm ‘Ondoy’ (on Sept. 26, 2009),” PAGASA administrator Nathaniel Servando said in a text message to The STAR.
Ondoy dumped 56 mm per hour (about 410 mm in nine hours) over Metro Manila and nearby provinces, causing some of the worst floods in the metropolis.
Classes, work suspended
Servando said continuous rains were expected to prevail over Metro Manila last night, forcing officials to suspend afternoon classes in Malabon, Navotas, San Juan, Pasay City, Navotas, Marikina City, Makati City, Manila, Cainta, Cavite City, Laguna, Valenzuela, Taguig, Bulacan, Parañaque, Tagaytay, Dasmariñas, Bacoor Noveleta, General Trias, Rosario, Kawit, Naic and Maragondon.
Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim ordered the suspension of classes in the city’s public schools and fielded vehicles to ferry stranded passengers to their destination for free.
Two city-run colleges, the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila and the City College of Manila, also suspended classes and city hall employees were sent home at 1:00 p.m.
Officials of the Supreme Court (SC) Public Information Office (PIO) also announced the suspension of office at 1:00 p.m. at the Court of Appeals (CA), Court of Tax Appeals (CTA), Sandiganbayan and all lower courts.
At 3:00 p.m., the Supreme Court announced the suspension of office to allow their staff to go home early.
Marikina, one of the most devastated cities during Ondoy, also suspended afternoon classes but the streets remained flood-free due to the continuous declogging and dredging operations initiated by the local government.
Classes in all levels in Makati were also suspended and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) deployed Task Force Puma, a composite team manned by rescue, traffic, street clearing and paramedic personnel equipped with rescue boats.
The teams were deployed at the Maysilo Circle in Mandaluyong City, Commonwealth Avenue, Buendia Avenue-South Superhighway (Makati), Sampaloc, Manila; Plaza Dilao (Manila), Talayan in Quezon City, C5-Eagle Street, and Rizal Avenue-R. Papa in Caloocan City.
The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), on the other hand, activated telephone hotlines for residents to call for help in case of massive flooding, especially in low-lying areas.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said floods occurred in parts of Metro Manila, Calabarzon, Mimaropa and Bicol.
The areas heavily affected include Quezon City, Cavite, Occidental Mindoro and Camarines Sur.
Seven barangays in Bombon and Camaligan, Camarines Sur have been flooded since Monday. The government, however, did not see the need to conduct evacuation operations.
A total of 840 families or 4,200 persons in Camarines Sur have been affected by the flood.
NDRRMC said six domestic flights had been cancelled, four of them to Naga from Manila and vice versa and two bound for Busuanga from Manila and vice versa.
Sea travel in the ports of Batangas, Dalahican, Quezon, and Real, Quezon was suspended but vessel owners and captains were advised to take precautionary measures.
Regional disaster management officials have been ordered to initiate preemptive evacuation of families in low-lying and mountainous areas if necessary.
Metro will have fair weather
Servando said weather condition will improve today in Metro Manila but Central and Southern Luzon will continue to experience rains until tomorrow, while the western section will have rains until Friday.
“Aside from the low-pressure area no tropical cyclone is expected over the Philippine Sea this week,” PAGASA weather division chief Robert Sawi said.
PAGASA said Luzon will experience cloudy skies with widespread rains which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.
The rest of the country, on the other hand, will have mostly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms.
Moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest to southeast will prevail over Northern Luzon and coming from the southwest over the rest of Luzon and Visayas. Coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.
Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from south to southwest with slight to moderate seas.
Status of dams
PAGASA said Ipo dam in Bulacan has opened two gates at .30 meters each as of 8 a.m. yesterday.
The current water level at Ipo dam was 100.5 meters. Ipo dam’s high water level was at 100.8 meters.
The management of La Mesa dam in Quezon City has raised the yellow alert over the dam as water levels continue to rise.
The water level was at 79.44 meters as of 9 a.m. yesterday, just below its spilling level of 80.15 meters.
PAGASA continued to warn residents living in low-lying areas and along mountain slopes against possible flashfloods and landslides.
The National Irrigation Administration (NIA) said that the Magat Dam’s spilling is not cause for concern at this time because the dam’s water level as of 3 p.m. yesterday was at 182.6 meters, way below the 191-meter critical level or the spilling level of 194 meters.
PCG ready for deployment
Meanwhile, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said their rescue teams were ready for deployment to areas that have been reported to be heavily flooded.
PCG commandant Vice Admiral Edmund Tan assured the public that their office is on alert and ready to render assistance to those who would be caught in heavy floods.
PCG spokesman Lieutenant Commander Armand Balilo said their elite divers belonging to the Special Operations Group (SOG) headed by Lieutenant Commander Marco Antonio Gines have been instructed to be on standby for possible deployment. – Non Alquitran, Mike Frialde, Rey Galupo, Sandy Araneta, Evelyn Macairan, Walter Bollozos, Rhodina Villanueva, Charlie Lagasca, Alexis Romero, Rainier Allan Ronda, Rudy Santos
Classes suspended in Obando
OBANDO, Bulacan, Philippines—Classes in all levels at public and private schools in this coastal town were suspended on Tuesday after heavy rains and high tide from Manila Bay flooded several villages.
Felicisima Mungcal, chief of the provincial disaster risk reduction and management council (PDRRMC) chief, said Obando Mayor Orencio Gabriel ordered the suspension of classes because heavy rains since Monday night inundated villages and schools in the municipality, especially those in low areas.
Raul Agustin, senior flood officer at the PDRRMC, said the Ipo Dam started releasing water Tuesday morning after the reservoir breached its critical level of 101 meters above sea level due to heavy rains in Bulacan since Monday.
He said a floodgate was opened and it was releasing water at 48.5 cubic meters per second.
But Agustin said the water release was minimal and would not significantly increase water levels in the province’s waterways.
The water level at Angat Dam, located upstream of Ipo Dam in Norzagaray town, was recorded at 186.05 meters above sea level on Tuesday morning, still below its 212-meter spilling level, the PDRRMC said.
Disastrous floods in Assam: 100 killed, 25 lakh homeless
Assam, the gateway to the northeastern seven sister states of India, is facing the nature’s fury once again. The flood situation in Assam is grim, nearly 25 lakhs people affected in the deluge and around 100 killed till 3rd July. Almost all the 27 districts of the state are hit by the second wave of floods that began on 26th June 2012.
For Assam the mighty Brahmaputra, though a life-giving river has become more synonymous with devastation than with prosperity. Every year the floods leave a trail of destruction, washing away villages, submerging paddy fields, drowning livestock, besides causing loss of human life and property worth several crores of rupees.
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Ms. Sonia Gandhi undertook an aerial survey of the part of flood-hit areas of Jorhat, Dhemaji and world famous river-island Majoli. Later, on Monday (2 July) they have announced only Rs 500 crore-package for Assam which has been battling the worst floods since last one decade.
While commenting on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s 500 crore relief package, Sirajuddin Ajmal, leader of the Assam’s main opposition political party, All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) said, “It is like a drop in the ocean, the money is grossly inadequate.” Mr. Ajmal and his party members met UPA Chairperson Ms Gandhi and Prime Minister Dr Singh on 2nd July itself in Guwahati and submitted a memorandum with 11 demands. AIUDF has demanded for a package of Rs 20 thousand crores for Assam’s relief and rehabilitation from central government besides other monetary demands such as Rs 5 lakhs compensation for killed and Rs. one lakh to the person whose dwelling house is washed away by the flood or erosion, and to urgently manage feeding materials for animals and livestock.
AIUDF has emphatically demanded to the central government to ‘declare Assam’s flood a National Calamity’ for, it has been a regular problem years after years and the principal obstacle in the way of the state’s development.
Bengali and Assamese print media is quite vocal today in criticism of 5 hundred crore relief pack announced by the Prime Minster. A popular newspaper quoted a man saying, “as if Assam is a begging state for the central government in Delhi… whatever announced by the UPA Chairperson and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is nothing more than peanuts.”
The VVIP’s visit to the affected state and meager aid announcement has angered most, rather than providing any console to the long sufferings of Assamese people. Densely Muslim populated districts in lower Assam region, especially Barpeta, Dhubri and Goalpara are among heavily affected areas by the recent floods. People of the lower Assam region were expecting ‘their PM’, who is also an MP from Assam, would at least spare sometime to observe their living conditions amidst flood furry from sky whilst in his helicopter. But all hopes are gone in vain!
One flood victim, Mizan Ali, who has virtually lost everything save his life, talked to this writer with pain and agony in voice while talking on phone from Dhubri’s South Shalmara that for the government in Delhi people living in lower Assam are not human being. He asked, “Why our honourable Prime Minister could not spare a few mints time to have an aerial visit over us?” He angrily stated, “…for them (ruling Congress elites) people living in lower Assam especially in districts like Goalpara, Dhubri and Barpeta are not human being because we are poor farmers and Muslim”.
President of the Assam State Jamiat Ulama-e Hind and Member of Parliament, Maulana Badruddin Ajmal said that the floods have caused him extreme distress and the condition of the survivors is unimaginable. He called upon the state and the central governments to render all possible assistance to the flood-affected. “It is incumbent upon every citizen with civic consciousness to come forward to help the displaced people,” he urged.
The floods in Assam are nothing new but the government has failed to provide adequate relief and rescue operations, let alone initialing a long pending permanent solution to the problem. Hafiz Rafiqul Islam Qasmi, MLA from Jania constituency of Barepta district in Assam said, ‘government relief is now arriving after several days in some areas but the distribution is improper, they are distributing one or two kgs of rice only where people need everything from water to medicines and shelter’. He said the major economic damaged caused by the recent floods to his district is submergence of thousands of fisheries on which lakhs of poor people trade throughout the year. “They have now lost everything even their houses, their future is very gloomy and the state government should announce a genuine relief package for them as well as for all destroyed small businesses such as fish-nursing.”
Sirajuddin Ajmal has tagged even a serious charge on the state government relief distribution system. He said, “First of all relief arrived very late (after 6 days), whatever materials being distributed as relief are too little; and above all distribution is highly selective for only those areas which have voted for Congress party in the past.” He said, ‘we have been complaining about this prejudice against a section of the society to the top brass in Delhi but our voices have not attracted proper hearing till date’.
People living in far and heavily flood affected areas are still looking for first-hand relief and aids. Generally NGOs are more affective in relief works than government agency in India. Markazul Ma’arif, the premier humanitarian NGO of northeast India and Jamiat Ulama-e Hind have launched relief and rescue operations in parts of affected areas. The NGOs and common people are very worry about spread of aftermath pandemic diseases and rehabilitation of millions of people following the present floods.
Ten-hour rainfall floods Lagos, Ogun
Lagos and some parts of Ogun State were submerged yesterday___ no thanks to a torrential rainfall, which fell for over 10 hours.
Commuters and motorists had a hectic time moving around the city of Lagos yesterday after the all-night downpour.
Many returned home after waiting in motor parks in vain for commercial vehicles. Those with personal cars got to their offices around mid-day.
Worse hit by the traffic gridlock were the Mainland areas, such as Ogba, Ikeja, Orile-Agege, Alagbado, Iyana-Ipaja, Ipaja, Ayobo, Moshalashi, AIT road, Kollington, Oke-Odo and Ahmadiyya, where a portion of the expressway collapsed, leaving hundreds of commuters stranded.
Also affected were Arowojobe and Akinwunmi estates in Maryland.
Parts of Ikeja GRA, Dolphin Estate, Ikoyi , highbrow Victoria Island, VGC and Ibeju-Lekki were also flooded.
Ogun State communities, which share boundaries with Lagos State, such as Akute, Alagbole, Lambe, Ojodu-Abiodun and others were submerged.
Traffic stood still for several hours, especially on the busy Abeokuta Expressway.
In areas such as, Alagbado, Kollington. Orile-Agege and communities along the old toll gate at Sango-Ota, the flood current was so high that in some places it completely the houses, reaching rooftops of bungalow structures. People were scampering to safety.
Residents were still bailing water out of their homes as at evening. Properties were lost.
The rain, which started Wednesday afternoon, subsided by evening of the same day, but resumed by midnight and fell all through the night. In many parts of the state, it began to subside at about 7am yesterday. Some parts still experienced light showers till about 9am.
Commercial bus operators and commercial motor cyclists popularly known as Okada, also cashed in on the situation as they inflated transportation fare on the route.
A commuter said: "We have been standing here for several hours; buses coming from Oshodi are all filled up. I don't know why Julius Berger reconstructed only one lane on the road and left the other lane, the road is usually flooded around second rainbow bus stop and Mile Two because of the portholes and block drains."
A resident of Ejigbo, Mrs. Omotayo, said her family kept vigil when they saw the impact of the rain.
Mrs. Omotayo said: "The rain was so serious. The wind was scary, I had to gather my children together at about 2am after I heard the sound of the wall collapsing. Luckily, no one was hurt but one of my neighbours had his car badly damaged by the wall, which fell."
Residents of Iyana Isheri/Ijegun on the outskirts of Lagos, had it tough getting out of their homes.
A resident, Sebanjo Mojisola said: "I have never seen so many people stranded in one place at a point in time. It was like a dead end. People could not move because the flood was so much. I was carried on the back by some guys who used the period to make money. Okada operators could not even pass through; they stopped passengers and turned back."
A resident of Akinwunmi Estate, Mende, said: "We are begging the government to come and clear the canal; it is because people build houses in the canal, that is why we are suffering like this.
"For the past 10 years, we have been experiencing this every raining season. For some of us here, raining season is a time for sadness and loss. The government should please come and demolish all those houses that are built in the canal so that we won't experience this kind of disaster anymore.
"Last year, all our office equipment were damaged and we had to replace all furniture we had. Now, yesterday's rain was not even up to 24 hours and see the extent of damage. What would happen if there is continuous rain."
An instrumentalist who lives in the area, Sunday Peters, urged the government to come to their rescue.
He said: "We do not have money to go up there and rent houses. I am lucky I did not keep my instruments in the house. Look at people's beds, television and other furniture destroyed. Little children were rescued from getting drowned while the rain was still falling and most of us have not even eaten because we are still trying to remove the water," he said.
At Ago Palace Way, Okota, motorists expressed frustration. Pedestrians, including school pupils, were seen passing through huge water with their shoes on their hands. Shop owners along the road were busy evacuating water from their shops and others were examining the extent of damage done to their property.