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There's been a major flooding here in the Philippines. It's the worst I've ever seen first hand even though I wasn't directly affected - I was at the condo the time of the rain. The floodwater got into our house though. But thank God it only rose for around 4 inches.

Other households in the Philippines, especially those near the riverbanks, weren't so lucky. The flood reached their second floor and they were forced to evacuate. So far I haven't heard of anyone drowning because they were trapped inside their house. This was common during the Ondoy storm in 2009.

I think it's safe to say that we've all learned our lesson back then. A lot were prepared - Rescuers now have rubber boats, Families prepared a make-shift raft, and only a few refused to evacuate. Everyone was afraid to see Ondoy happening all over again.

What happened this week was due to an amplified (sorta) monsoon rain. It's not even considered a storm. They say that a storm is brewing and is due for next week. That means only one thing - the worst is yet to come.

In times of disasters like this, we see how much we really are vulnerable. We see how everything can all disappear from us in a blink of an eye. And so we must be prepared. And God gives us hope Smile

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Here in the Midwest region of the United States, we have the opposite - little to no rain. Severe drought conditions. Farmers are begging for rain. Think you could send some of that rain our way?
standready on Sun Aug 12, 2012 10:01 pm
@ Standready: You are in the Midwest USA? Whereabouts I have family in that area?

Flooding can be horrible, as can droughts, but they are both parts of the natural order of things and without either one things could get much worse for the entire planet. However, it sure does suck when things get ruined due to water damage doesn't it. On the other hand, it also sucks when things crack due to the heat. I do not know which one I would prefer. Hope it stops flooding and raining over there, but feel free to send it to Midwest USA.
pauline123 on Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:56 pm
@ pauline123: Northwest Indiana
We are finally getting some much needed rain today!
standready on Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:34 pm
@Standready: Hope it is enough for your area of the MidWest!
pauline123 on Tue Aug 14, 2012 2:09 pm
pauline, just over a half inch of nice steady rain that soaked in instead of running off. We are still short nearly 4 inches for the year.
standready on Wed Aug 15, 2012 12:35 am
@Standready: 1/2 an inch is a significant improvement, or at least I would think so. 4 inches shy for the year, is not really all that bad. It has been worse in areas of Midwest USA before. Perhaps you will get it soon, though. However, you better not steal my rain. We need it here too. Smile
pauline123 on Wed Aug 15, 2012 1:38 pm
#pauline: the crops are ruined due to lack of rain. Government is stepping in help farmers. More rain today, though it came down hard and just ran-off which does not really help much.
standready on Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:39 pm
@standready A lot of crops around me were ruined, as well. I am just hoping that some predictions about the MidWest of the USA becoming desert is not true. That would put a damper on a lot of things that are grown there. I don't have a clue what the melon farmers, that live around my family, would do. A little rain is better than no rain. Even if it runs right off of some, it will still work its way into the water levels under the ground, at least some. Some though will just run right into the waterways, potentially flooding them if enough rain was gotten doing more harm than good. Sad It has not been a good year for a lot of people.
pauline123 on Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:52 pm

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