The Philippines is one of the world’s most susceptible countries to typhoons. Located at the typhoon belt, we experience serious storms predominantly from July through October. Heavy rains easily result to flooding.
Experts say that metropolis or urban areas are more prone to flooding due to certain factors. Poor urban planning, bad drainage systems and garbage disposal problems are just some of them. Floods affect individuals and communities and have social, economic, and environmental consequences.
During typhoons, we often hear residents of the affected areas being advised to “take the necessary precautions”. Sometimes, people ignore these precautions until floods come rushing into their very own dwellings. Floodwaters damage home appliances and furniture and leave layers of mud and garbage.
How a person copes with flooding will depend on how he prepares ahead of time. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) suggests the following flood safety rules:
By simply following these safety tips, we will certainly mitigate the dangers we all encounter during floods. Lastly, we may overlook on a few items mentioned above but may we never forget to pray and ask for divine protection in times of calamities or disasters.
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