Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Floodwater Everywhere

It is unfortunate that some of our fellowmen have to suffer from tragic events like what has recently happened to Luzon areas after rain continued for days. You read it. Continuous rain did it. It was not brought about by a raging typhoon as the infamous Ondoy did in 2009 which claimed many lives. It was so tragic. Weather authorities said that the rainfall early this August 2012 almost overtook Ondoy's deadly record.    

Streets and communities shared the same fate as floodwater rose to a level dangerous for everyone. Residents have to scamper towards safer grounds. Other have to be rescued.

With repeated warnings done in the past, we are not baffled why this is happening now. We are not experts but there are factors that we can cite as contributing to the tragedy. And one thing is for sure that the so-called development, if we call it, taking a different direction.

To cite a few, the denuded mountains provide fast escape for rainwater to converge to the low-lying areas like cities. It is not hard to analyze. Rivers easily overflow because they are heavily silted. Again brought about by years of soil erosion from the mountains. No wonder, floodwater is muddy and dangerous.

Flawed urban planning and perhaps weak environment law enforcement complicated the matter. Many supposedly natural water channels were no longer capable of receiving volume of floodwater because most of them are clogged or obstructed. What can you expect from this situation? All kinds of garbage clogged water ways, for instance, while illegal structures sit on esteros as reported many times in the past.

Floodwater during typhoon or heavy rain should be led to water channels and empty to the sea  easily. Urban planning has to fully consider this strategy. But this will cost us a lot. If we want to remodel our cities to become flood-free, we will probably starve to death. This is not in the priority list. So as food is what we need now, residents have to learn the trick by heart to always vacate their places and abodes when it rains heavily and continuously.     

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