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    Posted December 1, 2012 by
    San Pedro, Laguna, Philippines
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    Maryland Subdivison in San Pedro, Laguna, Philippines Is Submerged in Flood-Waters for Almost 4 Months Now


    The pictures in this iReport were taken last September 16 of this year. I revisited the place last week and the flood-waters were still there. It would be remembered that strong monsoon rains battered many parts of Luzon last Aug. 6 and 7 of this year. Though there wasn’t any storm signal in any part of the Philippines during that time, the powerful monsoon rains brought huge floods and severe damages all over Metro Manila and in many parts of Luzon.


    From Aug. 6 to 7, a 48-hour period, the total accumulated rainfall amount recorded at PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Services Administration) Science Garden was 687 mm. The said amount was bigger than the 24-hour accumulated rainfall on Sept, 26, 2009 —the day when Typhoon Ondoy devastated Metro Manila and other neighboring areas. At PAGASA’s Science Garden, the recorded rainfall that day was about 455 mm. Ondoy delivered more volume of rains per hour but over a shorter time period. The ‘nameless monsoon rains’ last August 6 and 7 flooded the Laguna Lake area with much more devastations than Typhoon Ondoy. Laguna Lake affects 2 provinces in the Philippines- Rizal and Laguna. Many parts of Rizal and Laguna are still flooded up to this day. In both rainfall and notoriety, the said nameless monsoon has threatened Ondoy's place in history. Scientists and experts in the Philippines believe that the ‘nameless monsoon’ was some kind of a monster created by climate change.

    Many areas near the Laguna Lake remain flooded up to this day. One of the areas near the Laguna Lake is Maryland Subdivision. Maryland Subdivision is a middle-class subdivision in San Pedro, Laguna. The said subdivision has been flooded for almost 4 months now. Many evacuees from such subdivision are temporarily sheltered in a tent city in San Pedro, Laguna. However, many residents there decided to stay so they could protect their properties. But the health-risks against those who decided to stay in the said subdivision are real. Though the flood-waters there have decreased, the area is still submerged under flood-waters up to the present time.


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