The Perfect Storm

Last Saturday, Metro Manila and the surrounding environs experiences what many people called “the worst flood in history.” Government agencies described it as a month’s worth of rain falling in only six hours.

Cases of finger pointing among the different government agencies, and between government and private citizens continue, the latter being the more colorful of the two cases.

Private citizens lambasted the government for its slow response and irresponsible actions—one of which was opening two (some quarters say three) dams because of fear of overflow. The creeks and waterways, which were already flooded by the rains, couldn’t handle the added volume of water.

Government agencies likewise blamed the citizenry for indiscriminate dumping of garbage, which led to clogged drains and waterways, which in turn added to the flood.

“Same old, same old.“

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