Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Philippines Flood: Metro Manila Flood Typhoon Ondoy 2009

It’s clear to see that the flood was caused mainly by the spill from the dam and not the rains on that date. Occassionally Philippines do get that type of rain but it doesn’t rise to that high level. I don’t know anything about dam operation but I suggest it has to be reviewed and investigated.

Are there any flow control so that water release can be regulated? Was there negligence on the way it should be released? Is the monitoring process of water level in the dam includes weather forecast monitoring so that when forecasted heavy rains comes the expected water volume is calculated and if it exceeds the maximum water level of the dam an early release could be done ?
If Angat dam operators had released water days earlier , could we have averted this disasters?

Calling authorities please do something.


A repost from JM


The recent flood is the very unfortunate result of both natural and man made calamities. The release of excess dam waters was done without thinking of the consequences. it is both a criminal and insane act.

“The Angat Lake created by the Angat dam is the main potable water supply source of the Metro Manila Area. However this water when in over abundance, due to very heavy rainfall, is also the cause of widespread flooding, deaths, and accompanying misery affecting not only the provinces of Bulacan and Pampanga but also the Metro Manila Area. This happens everytime the dam water reaches its maximum height and the spilled water races down through the gullies and streams to the east of the dam and this rampaging water joins the water of the Marikina river system multiplying the floodwater volume of the Marikina River system thereby causing rapid increase in the volume of floodwater in the Marikina Valley. This happens everytime very heavy rains overfills the Angat water reservoir. The solution to this problem is the construction of water diversion/power generation tunnels to divert excess water towards the east emptying into the Pacific Ocean. It will also generate power. It is not enough that the excess water is emptied into the heavily populated areas, i.e, Bulacan, Pampanga area,Marikina Valley, as it definitely will cause multiple death and destruction downstream. Diverting the excess water to the east will save so many lives as the east side is relatively sparsely populated and at the same time generate power for electricity. The Government of the Republic of the Philippines must consider this as a permanent solution to the recurring problem of flooding in the central Luzon area and Metro Manila.”

I’m sorry for encroaching into your space but I do not know where to start. Please think about the opinion I expressed above. You may freely share this thought with your friends, hoping that someday, the people criminally responsible for the release of Angat dam water, on the morning of 26 September 2009, shall face the bar of justice. An in-depth study and analysis of google maps and wikimapia maps will prove my point. Better still, a short helicopter trip tracing the path of the floodwaters will verify this matter. The evidence left by the rampaging flood water will trace it back to its source and is difficult, impossible to erase.

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