Being one of the families affected by the Typhoon Ondoy, my husband and I developed a trauma and started to be vigilant with the downpour of rain in our area. Whenever there’s a forecasted storm signal in our country and the rain began to pour heavily, we started to feel uneasy and fearful. Fearful in the sense that we have a 2 1/2 year-old kid to protect from the flood and from the emotional trauma. As a security, we purchased an inflatable boat just to make sure that we have a means of transportation when the water will rise to flood level again and our daughter will not be scared since she knows that an inflatable is used for swimming.
What transpired last week was a different story, there was no storm signal predicted by PAG-ASA. Heavy rains for almost two weeks were caused by the monsoon or “habagat”, as stated by our weather experts. According to Wikipedia, “Monsoon is traditionally defined as a seasonal reversing wind accompanied by corresponding changes in precipitation, but is now used to describe seasonal changes in atmospheric circulation and precipitation associated with the asymmetric heating of land and sea.” And this what caused massive flood in many areas of the Philippines including ours.
After an hour, my papa came and fetched Keisha and I. My parents were so worried about us that they took all efforts just to get inside our village though all the passages were inundated. Not minding the Leptospirosis scare, my papa dipped into the dirty water. Mama decided to stay in the car because flood in Greenpark Village was waist-deep.
Transferring to my parents home for 5 days, spared me and my daughter from the agony of living with no electricity for 3 days and for the ankle-deep flood inside our house for a day. I thank God that we are not strongly affected and no harm has been done to any of my family member. Our personal properties were all saved, though, certain renovations have to be made in our house.
My heart still sympathize to those families who were extremely affected by this catastrophe. I hope all of us can move forward and start to live a better life. We have a loving and forgiving God who will not give us problems that we can’t take. Let’s not lose hope. Life is beautiful amidst this calamity.