News reports as of today say that 11 people have been killed and more than a million have been affected (by floods, loss of property, etc.) from incessant rains spawned by a southwest monsoon. Curiously, there is no typhoon, but this southwest monsoon has brought so much rainfall in the past days in the Philippines, particularly in the Luzon island of the country. Devastating floods are everywhere--from urban to rural areas. Schools and government/private offices suspended operations yesterday. Some offices are re-opening today but schools in most areas are still closed, especially since many of them now serve as evacuation centers for flood victims. Right now, it's not raining where I am located (Quezon City), although the sky is still a bit grayish. I hope and pray that the sun will shine its brightest today, as soon as possible, and all those afflicted will be able to rebuild their lives.
from inquirer.net: A Coast Guard member reaches out to rescue a man who had clung to a tree for hours after swirling floodwaters swept him away along E. Rodriguez Avenue in Quezon City on Tuesday. photo by: MARIANNE BERMUDEZ