This morning I received an email from my cousin who lives in a suburb of Manila. I'm glad they're OK.
The inside of my house got flooded with 3 inches of muddy water. Since
we don't have a 2nd floor, some of the things on the floor got wet (e.g.
subwoofer speaker, legs of wooden or metal chairs, sofas, and tables).
In the garage, it was a foot deep - my 2 cars barely made it! Outside in
the lawn it was thigh-deep, Outside on the road it was waist-deep. So
only minor damage for me. In the aftermath of the storm though, the road
was covered by knee-deep mud so we were trapped in the house. Only
yesterday was the mud removed by the government. My place has a higher
elevation than the surrounding area, so I was not severely affected
compared with others. It was an ordinary storm but carried an unusually
high volume of rain. In my department a work, 3/4 of the employees had
their houses flooded at various severity. Did you see the picture of a
sofa and a chair hanging by the electric wires in front of a house and
almost 2 stories above the ground? That is how severe the flood was in
Well, we are starting to be back to normal again with only muddy
portions of roads to remind us of the flood.