Saturday, February 20, 2010
It was just over four months ago when the Philippines was devastated by major typhoons (specifically Ondoy and Pepeng) that caused so many loss of lives to thousands of people and billions of pesos in terms of loss and destruction to agricultural crops and infrastructures. The Philippines has not yet fully recovered from these nightmares of disasters when here it comes again, the fear of the dreaded El Nino rearing its fearsome head all over the Philippines. As it is, February should have been the transition month in the Philippines where the last cold winds of the thawing ices in Siberia are blown all over the country. It should not have been summer yet but we are already experiencing the start of a severe dry spell that could cause widespread drought all the way to June and July. Water levels in all dams, canals and rivers all over the Philippines are drying out. Hundreds of thousands of hectares of what should have been lush agricultural lands are cracking up and drying out as a result of the severe dry spell. Fish kills due to excessive heat are already being felt in some areas in the Philippines. Power supplies are dwindling and the authorities are now talking of two hour twice a day rotating brownouts reminiscent of the days of President Cory Aquino. Yesterday, our area had a glimpse of these brownouts when we suffered an unscheduled 6 and 1/2 hours of power interruption. To all those suffering from extreme cold weather in the US, Canada and Europe, send your snows here in the Philippines, lol. We are now sweltering in the extreme heat and scarcity of water. Better still, please pray for the Philippines and the Filipinos (again).
Tags: Philippines, Filipinos, El Nino, Drought, Loss of Crops, Fish Kill, Scarcity of Water, Long Queues on Water Supplies, Dry Spell, Rotating Brownouts, Excessive Heat, Prayers For The Philippines, Prayer For The Filipinos
Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla