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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Flashflood in Cagayan de Oro City

I don't know but, looking at this picture I am reminded with what happened in Cagayan de Oro, my beloved city. This beautiful picture is located in Biloxi/Ocean Springs Mississippi which was badly hit by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The reported deaths caused by Katrina were 1,836 in 7 states. On December 16, 2011, the Tropical Storm Washi (Bagyong Sendong) struck Northern Mindanao, Philippines. The long hours of rain caused a flashflood and the reported deaths reached to more than a thousand and more than a thousand missing. It was devastating and so catastrophic especially for us, Kagayanons.This beautiful place claimed so many lives but, they managed to survive and I saw the ruins and I saw how high the water level was. The house of my father-in-law was damage totally. I believe in my heart that my city will rise up just like them. "I know of no great men except those who have rendered great service to the human race." by Voltaire Philosopher, Essayist (1694-1778) "If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome." by Anne Bradstreet a Writer, Poet, First Woman To Be Published In Colonial America (1612-1672)The cry for HELP was heard all over the world. Though most of the flood victims had nothing left, they still have the positive outlook about the future. Most of us who lives halfway across the globe mourn with our friends who lost their love ones. It is so overwhelming especially when our friends cry in anguish for the missing family members. You know what's heartbreaking? It is when they lost not one but three to six members of the family because of the flashflood.It's been two weeks since and most of the victims are still in the evacuation areas. Half of them are homeless and some of them cannot go home because of the mud. There is no water and electricity since day one making it harder for most of the victims. Despite of the situation, hundreds of Volunteers are there to keep the evacuation area in order and systematic. Help arrived on time, thanks to all the nameless generous people who heed the cry of help from the victims.

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