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Rain, rain go away

Come again another day …

This is the kindergarten song that I hummed yesterday as I anxiously prayed while watching the TV coverage of the flood inundating several coastal towns and cities in Metro Manila and nearby provinces in the Philippines.

… Little children want to play

Although, there were children and adults in some flooded areas who were playing, swimming and diving as if the murky waters were  swimming pools, I could not help worrying about the threat of Leptospirosis ( a bacterial disease caused by floodwaters contaminated with urine of animals infected with the Leptospira bacteria that can damage the kidney, inflame the membrane around the brain and spinal cord (meningitis), failure of  the liver,  distress of the respiratory system that might lead to death if untreated)  to these innocent fun seekers even in the midst of a terrible disaster.

The heavy rain triggered by the summer monsoon became a deluge due to the effect of Tropical storm Haikui which made a landfall in China on Wednesday morning.  What if  the storm was in the Philippines?  The damage would have been horrendous  and terrifying to imagine!  With this grace, I thank God for sparing the Philippines from a more terrible destruction to property, agricultural products and loss of lives.

Once again, questions on what caused this unprecedented deluge come to mind as you see tons of garbage floating in rivers and estuaries, landslides in mountains sprouting houses instead of trees, housing development in flood prone areas, etc. When will we ever learn to live harmoniously with nature?

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