My story during the bad storm.
Last Saturday typhoon Ondoy hit Metro Manila badly. We were not watching TV because my son only likes to watch his DVDs, so we don’t have any idea that the typhoon will hit us. We were not prepared because I thought that the eye of the typhoon was at the other provinces because that always happens. We don’t have any food and we also did not put our furnitures to a higher ground. We knew that it was raining but since we are not used to experiencing flood in our area we taught that we would be safe. Six O’clock in the evening, my husband can no longer stop the water coming through our door, so we decided to lift our furnitures upstairs. He looks very exhausted; even though I want to help him I can’t because I am the one taking care of our son. I realized that it is the negative side if you are living alone, you don’t have anyone to turn to. Although my sister-in-law place was nearby, we can’t always ask for their help since they also have the same problem. Their grocery store was also reached by the flood and they need to transfer all their belongings to higher ground. Good thing we already ate our dinner before it had happened.
Although we have a 2nd floor, the roof in our room has a leak because of the continuous rainfall, while the other room which has no leak was used for storage. By 8PM we decided to go to my brother-in-law’s house because it is more concrete and safe. We only brought a few things: milk, water, and pillows. My son is not used to sleeping in another house that’s why he is asking us to go home (“uwi”… “uwi”… he said). At first, we taught that he might go to sleep after a while but he didn’t until 3AM so, we decided to go back to our house. When we went down stairs, we were shocked that although it is not raining anymore the water is now knee deep. It was higher than the time we left the house. The things that we taught that will not be reached were already soaked in the flood. My son on the other hand is laughing seeing this; it looks like he wanted to play in the water around the house. What a very innocent young man. My husband and I decided to go to sleep first (we are so restless), and we will just clean the house the next day when the water has already gone down.
I knew that this story is nothing compared to the experiences of our brothers and sisters in other places here in Metro Manila. There are people who were stranded on their roof for 12 hours, who don’t have anything to eat or drink, and some even lost their loved ones. I can’t imagine myself in that situation, I am so afraid by just thinking of it. I saw in the news yesterday that there were 87 people confirmed dead while more people are still missing.
I’m glad we are safe, yet I’m sad for those affected people that until now don’t know how they will cope with this tragic event. For those who are lucky enough, and who have more than enough please share some, and help those who badly need it. God will repay your kindness in time.
I would love to know your own stories during the typhoon.
what ever happens in life we should always remember to to live life to the fullest