The recent tropical storm Karding brought in around 150 to 170 mm. of rain in just five hours and has left parts of Metro Manila flooded.
The common thread among the storm-stricken scenes? Lots of trash. This is definitely a wake-up call, people.
Rains driven by strong southwest monsoon winds pic.twitter.com/0Y1qZuSeuZ
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LOOK: Philippine Red Cross Water Search and Rescue (WASAR) Team, rescued two families including a two weeks old baby at Barangay Silangan in Quezon City during heavy rains and flood brought by Southwest Monsoon enhanced by TS Karding yesterday August 11. pic.twitter.com/15wW3LSPPB
— Philippine Red Cross (@philredcross) August 11, 2018
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LOOK: Amid heavy rains brought by the intensified monsoon in Marikina City, man’s best friend can’t simply be left behind. Here in H. Bautista Elementary School, evacuees take care of their “bantay” who were also rescued from rising floodwaters. @inquirerdotnet pic.twitter.com/MOonx4J5mi
— Jhesset Enano (@JhessetEnanoINQ) August 12, 2018
Behind the cinematic waves of the typhoon are mounds of plastic trash that it brought and scattered all over the surrounding streets near the bay area. The mound of trash consist of shoes, bags, packaging sachets, bottle caps, plastic bag and styrofoam. Most of it are smashed into little pieces like something grated or shredded the plastic. These trash came from ocean and the neighboring cities that’s connect to Manila bay. This is a reminder of the everyday habit of how simple it is to throw trash in a bin. It was a mess. #everydayeverywhere #everydayphilippines #philippines #plastictrash #planetorplastic #dearmanila #typhoon
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A small ray of hope in the midst of the dreariness of all this rain: a local government unit whose evacuation provisions for its citizens thankfully lacks the tacky faces and names usually plastered all over government services.
Us Marikeños cannot do anything about the flood, but at least we see our taxes working for us. pic.twitter.com/dcLuDRY4qv
— KenKenKen (@KenKenKenFRC) August 11, 2018
Marikina City, which bears the brunt of the floods, has shown more than just resilience this time around—the modular tents in the evacuation sites are a little bit proof that at least some people in the government have learned from the 2009 disaster.
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