Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Typhoon Nesat hits the Philippines with devastating force - 27th Sept 2011

Residents in Manila waded through waist-deep floodwater, dodging branches and flying debris today as a powerful typhoon sent surging waves as tall as palm trees crashing over seawalls and submerging entire areas of the Philippines capital.

At least seven people were killed, most of them in metropolitan Manila, which was already soaked by heavy monsoon rains ahead of Typhoon Nesat's arrival and where the old town areas by the bay suffered their worst flooding in decades.

Pounding rain obscured the view of anyone on the streets as soldiers and police scrambled to evacuate thousands of people in low-lying areas, where rivers and the sea spilled into shanties, hospitals, upmarket hotels and even the seaside US Embassy compound, which was closed today.

"It's flooded everywhere. We don't have a place to go for shelter. Even my motorcycle got filled with water," said motorist Ray Gonzales, one of thousands stranded by fast-rising floodwater.

The massive flooding came exactly a day after the sprawling, coastal city of 12 million held commemorations for the nearly 500 people killed during a 2009 cyclone, which dumped a month's rainfall in just 12 hours. Read More