Bottomline, this article that could probably save you or your loved one so keep reading.

Floods are a result of the huge overflow due to a fierce precipitation. And with the Philippines being in the tropics, the monsoon season is one to be always precautious about because it raises the risks of flooding and an umbrella or a raincoat won’t be enough.

When a flood happens, the water levels rise to a point where the overflowing water finds its way to somewhere it can pool out. One of the most common natural causes of a flood is if the area is below sea level, which means the overflowing water would rush down to it. Suspected areas that are below sea level should not be heavily occupied but due to the certain circumstances in Cebu, there are those who are forced to become illegal settlers on vacant low-lying lands. Here’s the danger:

  • These people should be relocated somewhere on or higher the sea level to avoid any collateral damage, both to life and property.
  • If you’re reading this and you are living somewhere that’s already showing shines of flooding, move out as soon as possible.
  • The worst case that could happen is to wake up, late at night, when everything has already been washed away.

Weirdly enough, there are also those developed lands around the city that also experience flooding. This is because of man-made causes. Drainage systems are as not wide as they should be, making the water overflow to the streets instead underground. Trash is also a big factor as it is an obvious aftermath of a severe flood flow.

Colon Cebu Flood

Take Colon Street for example. Once the flood subsides, trash can be seen on the streets. Trash clogs both small and big pipes. Though trash can be swept and cleaned away on the surface, the trash that has lain beneath the streets and inside the sewer system has not of which should be a primary solution to fix the flooding issue within the urbanscape.

Flooding is also a big hazard when you try to traverse the streets. A rule of thumb:

  • If it’s already starting to flood outside, do not go outside. Instead, start elevating your belongings to a higher level to avoid damage.
  • Secure your important documents and basic necessities for survival: flashlight, a radio that runs on batteries, extra batteries, food, clothes, money, and what have you. It pays to be safe.
  • If you’re really gunning to go outside, bring a stick or a sturdy pole to hold on to. You can use it to probe the ground to check if there are any bumps, holes, or anything that can put your life in danger.
  • And, be attentive to your surroundings. Look ahead and stay clear of rushing debris like tree branches and what have you.

Uncovered manholes are also a big threat. These are opened up to drain the flood water away from the surface and unto the sewers. There have multiple cases around Cebu wherein people are sucked into these holes and forever lost. Personally, the worst cases are when kids are involved. Around last year, within the Tisa area, a girl allegedly lost her life due to being sucked into an open manhole during a heavy rainfall that resulted in flooding. The search for the girl was later focused around Santa Terisita Subdivision, still in Tisa, as it was the nearest and lowest connection to the area’s sewer lines. They had to uncover and clean the covered manholes just in case the girl’s remains were snagged by trash or anything so they can retrieve it. Though it was not a confirmed case and could be just a someones’ imagination playing with them, the point still remains that not being cautious enough about the flood and even letting kids play during one is a hazard to life.

The flood does not only carry waters from the higher ground but it also is a result of the overflow underneath it. Sewage water is one of the nastiest things to get contact with. Here’s why:

  • People who have wounds (new or healing) should stay away from flood water because it can carry a plethora of illnesses that can be dangerous to your health.
  • One of the most common illnesses is leptospirosis, a bacterial disease caused by Leptospira, a bacterium found commonly in rat urine. It can be contracted by either injecting flood water or having your wounds exposed to the dirty water. Even people who just got pedicures are also at risk.
  • Again, avoid swimming or marching through the flood. But if it can’t be helped or the water levels are not higher than your knee, wear sealed rubber boots to protect against any bacterial infection.

The floods can be scary to look at. Do not get overwhelmed by the situation. Instead, always remember to stay calm and collective and create an efficient plan to survive the flood. Stay dry everybody.

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