- Posted November 30, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Your best 2012 weather photo
A 2nd Look at my iReport About Piles of Garbage Brought to Manila Bay-Walk Area by a Storm Surge
Piles of garbage invaded the bay-walk area in Manila as the storm surge triggered by Typhoon “Gener” (international codename Saola) turned the recently repaired Manila Bay seawall into a dump. The pictures in this iReport were taken last Aug. 3, 2012, The aftermath of Typhoon Gener can be depicted in 5 words: floods, structural damages, evacuation sites for people who left extremely-flooded areas, loss of some lives, and the Manila bay-walk area being filled with garbage.
On August 1 of this year, tons of garbage from the bay carpeted many portions of the Manila bay-walk area and, therefore, created an instant dumpsite right next to the US Embassy. Discarded plastic bottles and other recyclable plastic materials and tin containers were quick to disappear from the piles as enterprising waste collectors picked and even fished them out of the sea with their improvised net trap, an environmentalist group noted. “The sea sent back the garbage from the land as if telling off pig-headed people that whatever you throw away will return to you,” said Edwin Alejo, a coordinator of the green group EcoWaste Coalition.
Gigantic waves generated by a “storm surge” pounded the 1.4-kilometer seawall which underwent a five-month repair earlier this year after it was severely damaged by Typhoon “Pedring” last year. On Aug.1, Roxas Boulevard and the rest of the Manila coastline had been flooded by sea-waters due to the “storm surge.”. There were still some rains and strong winds on August 2 when I took pictures of the bay-walk area.