By Hans Amancio
Some areas in Manila were submerged in gutter-deep floodwaters Sunday amid heavy rain from the southwest monsoon enhanced by Tropical Storm “Domeng”.
The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said that the flooded areas in Manila include Taft Avenue corner U.N. Avenue in Ermita, Manila and Padre Burgos St. up to the Manila City Hall which had reached gutter-deep level.
The areas however remain passable to all types of vehicle and are nearly flood-free as of this writing.
Tropical storm “Domeng”, known internationally as “Maliksi”, left the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Sunday morning, PAGASA said.
Meanwhile, areas in Sampaloc, Manila were hit by floodwaters including Visayas Avenue and Lacson Street in España Boulevard.
Vehicles also struggled to pass through the streets along Bambang Street as floodwaters in the area reached gutter-deep level.
Despite the violent rain, peddlers took the chance to sell their goods to their rain-drenched customers. “Nato”, an umbrella peddler at the Manila City Hall underpass said that his busines reached its peak during the rainy season.
“Konti pa lang eh, mga trenta pa lang ang bumibili mula kaninang umaga. Mag-iisang taon na kong nagtitinda ng payong pero mabenta talaga pag tag-ulan (Just a few, only around 30 people have bought my umbrellas. I’ve been selling umbrellas for nearly a year and umbrellas are really in demand during the rainy season),” he said.