|Total event rainfall in the northern Philippines based on the|
NASA TRMM Multi-sensor Precipitation Analysis (MPA).
|NASA Terra image of typhoon Saola in the|
vicinity of the Philippines on 30 July 2012.
|Flooding following typhoon Haikui in Rodriguez town, an eastern suburb|
of metropolitan Manila. The overflowing Marikina River is visible in the
background. Photo provided by the Department of National Defense
and republished by Reuters and The Atlantic.
|Flooding following typhoon Haikui in Bulacan, a suburban and agricultural|
province to the north of metropolitan Manila. Photo provided by the
Department of National Defense and republished by
AFP/Getty and The UK Telegraph.
This is considered the worst flooding event since tropical storm Ketsana in 2009, which led to 464 fatalities. At least 85 fatalities have been reported for this event thus far, and at some point flooding conditions covered 80% of metro Manila with at least 250,000 city residents displaced and at least 3 million affected overall. Blame regarding flood and disaster preparation continues to fly between the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), which had already been working on hazard maps for Luzon and Manila, and the National Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC). In the meantime, clean-up and relief efforts have begun, even as the full scope of the disaster and the total damages from the combination of these two storm and flooding events are still being tallied.
|NASA Terra image of tropical storm Helen/Kai-Tak|
in the vicinity of the Philippines on 13 August 2012.
Make that a "triple-shot" for the Philippines. Adding insult to injury, tropical storm Helen/Kai-Tak crossed the northern island of Luzon this week, bringing yet more rain to still-flooded and recovering urban and agricultural areas. This latest storm made landfall on Luzon and led to at least seven more fatalities in the Philippines. A brief video report from Reuters is also available regarding this latest storm event.
A number of local and international organizations are involved in disaster recovery efforts, including the Philippine Red Cross.