Thursday, October 15, 2009

Blog Action Day: Typhoon Ondoy and Climate Change

On September 26, 2009, Metro Manila was hit by Typhoon Ondoy (International Code Name Ketsana). Ondoy left thousands of families homeless. This is the worst flooding in Manila for the last 42 years. 334 millimeters of rain poured for the first six hours while 42 years ago 341 millimeters of rain poured for 24 hours. Compare that. Paypal has sums it with this--

Most of those flooded areas had not experienced any flooding before. The remarkable thing is this: Malabon and Navotas, both in Metro Manila, which had the reputation for being always flooded were left unscathed by Ondoy.

Is this a miracle? I don't know. But definitely this is climate change.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


This is Gladys AraƱez and I’m one of the volunteers for Design Against The Elements. We are asking for your support to please help us spread our message in raising awareness re: Philippine Climate Adaptability Challenge. Please take time to visit the links below and please post comments and ratings. Below also is a message from our Executive Director, Illac Diaz.

Feel free to ask questions. You can reach me on my email:

Many, many thanks! :)

Climate change is real. Addressing climate change requires a mix of mitigation and adaptation. This requires more mitigation for industrialized countries and more adaptation for developing countries.
This can be translated into one simple scenario : While the industrialized world continues to send up tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere, whether or not we blur the amounts through carbon credits,
hopes are fading for those who will be receiving the sharp end of the Damocles sword; the developing world. The urgency is to realize that this is not going to stop at 350 ppm, or even double at 600 ppm, the Philippines has to realize that despite all the petitions and feel good campaigns of dreams for a climate stabilized world, real solutions need to be done. We have to get to the part where we learn
to start dealing with this. The country is located right beside the warmest parts of the ocean that is in the perfect storm of vulnerable coastlines, intense winds, and an observation of growing dumping of
large amounts of rain. We need to live in a world where climate will hit the poorest of the poor first, regardless of where they live, it will test our resiliency as a city, as a village, as a community, and
specially as a people. This song is dedicated to the awareness that dealing with one ONDOY is not the victory, but a climate of change will be the battle of this generation.

Illac Diaz
Executive Director
Design Against The Elements