You Know the Floods Will Come
With the expected onslaught of fiery typhoons this rainy season, it makes us wonder what’s cooking in terms of disaster risk reduction management. Butchoy just left parts of Mindanao flooded, and you might have seen glimpses of people wading in the floods while you were watching the weekend news. And we all know this is just the beginning. There are far stronger typhoons to come, more rainfall volume and stronger wind speeds – hence, more houses made with light materials to either get swept by the winds or get washed away by the currents, and more of our fellowmen drowning in the floods.
If DRRM is to be taken seriously by any government, more proactive measure should be done before the rains come, such as installation of protective barriers, early warning systems, coordination with the barangays and hazard mapping to name a few. Like what Paulo Alcazaren wrote in his article right after Ondoy hit Manila – “Noah did not build the arc when it was raining.”