Photo of the Day: Wild Waters of Manila

School's out for a deluge day as Typhoon Muifa soaks the Philippines.
It's all fun until someone's topsoil, livestock and local hospital are swept away in a massive mudslide. (Photo: Romeo Ranoco/Reuters)
Aug 3, 2011
Allan MacDonell is TakePart’s News + Opinion editor, with a focus on social justice.

Typhoon Muifa has turned much of Manila into a freeform raging-waters theme park, except without the safety personnel and water sanitation procedures usual to a commercial aqua center. Navigating Manila's crosstown traffic is only slightly more dangerous than shooting the Kern River Rapids, and Philippine Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. has shut down schools and government offices. Some school kids seem to be splashing away their free rain day in the floodwaters, but many Philippine residents are wading into the backwash trying to minimize damages and deaths.

The National Disasters Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) calculates that Muifa has displaced 14,704 families, damaged $59 million worth of property, destroyed $22 million in crops, and killed at least five people.

The Philippine Red Cross would love to hear from you, and the Ayala Foundation already has a funding program set up to restore losses taken by Muifa.

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