Why I don’t have a blog post about Typhoon Ondoy/Ketsana ?
Last September 26, 2009 the rain is very unusual that morning. As I drink my coffee I open our window in the second floor of our house to see the outside and I noticed that the water in Tanay River is slowly rising.
I quickly tell my parents about it and we quickly pack our things and put it on the higher place. we expect that the water will be rise below the knee but we are shocked to see that the water is rising fast and it was already above the knee! and the supply of electricity and water are already cut-off.
I put some hardwood and hallow-blocks to our door to minimize the flow of water coming from outside, but this is no match to the gigantic force of water. that time also we decide to move our Grandmother on a much safer place. we put our grandmother inside the Laundry Tub to keep her dry and that time the water in our home is almost 4ft high.
We carefully hold and move the Laundry Tub where our Grandmother seated until we reached our Auntie’s Home (A much higher and safer place for her. (We predict that the water can reached our second floor, thank God it doesn’t happen)
After it I took some pictures using my Digital Camera that time my laptop still have a battery and our wireless internet broadband connection still have a load. after I took some photos I quickly upload it to i-report of CNN and I personally email Marie Ramos (Weather news Anchor of CNN) telling my current situation and giving Her the rights to use my photos.
Here is my message sent to Marie Ramos.
“Hello, I am Mike Anthony Catuira, and i send my Ireport photos with short story today you can used them in cnn, Until now there was no electricity here, and I have only limited connection, I am Afraid you can’t contact me, thanks. sorry for the short story because we are busy here evacuating our important things.”
After the September 26 Ondoy tragedy I can’t come to my work in Makati for 5 days because all the roads is not ready for public. countless landslides in Antipolo-Teresa Road blocked the road and the remaining road via Binangonan, Rizal is Jump-pack with vehicles going in and out of Rizal.
For 5 days we clean our House by removing mud. The streets in our barangay is not accessible by vehicles because it was also full of Mud the supply of electricity and water was also cut that period we are lucky because we have enough stock of food and water.
Monday (7 days after)
I check my Email in my work at Makati, Marie Ramos Email me.
We’ve been thinking about you here at the CNN World Weather Center .
In the last email I received you said your home was getting flooded.
How are you and your family doing?
Write back when you can…and take care.”
I quickly reply her and I said that all are getting back to normal but it will take months before we can fully recover from the destruction leave by Typhoon Ketsana.
Instead of creating a blog post the time the typhoon hit us. I choose to tell the my story around the world by creating an i-report for CNN. Days after I forgot to write a blog post about it because I am busy in the office doing all the all pending Projects.
Here are the Images I sent to CNN.
I am amazed also because my personal experience was published around the world, they include my name on their headlines.
with my message:
“Mike Anthony Catuira spent Sunday retrieving valuable belongings and seeking cover on higher ground. Overflowing rivers in the municipality of Tanay in Rizal province had inundated shops and homes, he said.
“The storm’s local name ‘Ondoy’ is really a powerful storm, and this is the most severe storm in my whole life,” he said in an iReport video to CNN.”
It was published around the world from Different News website and Forums.
And many other websites (I can’t include it all here)
That time also our relatives in Canada and US are shocked to see my name and my photos on TV and Newspapers they quickly call us here in the Philippines.
This is my unforgettable experience hundreads of people died in Our Town in Tanay, Rizal we are very thankful to God because we are not harm that day.
I would like also to thank CNN and Marie Ramos for the Trust that they give to me.
Now rainy season is days away I hope that Typhoon Ketsana will never happen again.
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