At the start of the year (2009) Cagayan de Oro and other areas in Mindanao experienced calamities - flash floods on the 3rd day of January, and again on the 10th, damaging most major roads, bridges and homes in Cagayan de Oro. There were two casualties (in the city and Iligan City). People close to me were greatly affected - our church pastor and his in-laws. Water almost reached the roof of Nanay Inday. Thank God, on the second flood, their place was spared. Waters were everywhere. Praise the Lord, we were not that affected (except about 5 inches of water on the roads). We're located near an elementary public school (North City Central) where some families who're greatly affected were temporarily housed. On Monday, some schools suspended their classes until this day. Thank God, as of this posting, the weather is better. No more rains except that it's still cloudy and windy. I was also busy monitoring on Philippine Airlines (PAL) flights because my sister, who's working with Holcim Cement will be travelling to Manila for a corporate meeting. I learned that some flights were cancelled, and the management could not give exact details on their schedule because they were depending on the weather condition. But one special flight was able to leave at 10:00 in the morning for Manila. As of now, people are hoping and praying that the weather will be okay so the waters will not rise up (again). Most of my officemates in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) were affected and they did not report for work to arrange things and for a general cleaning. But even then, THANKS BE TO GOD. The word of the Lord says, "In everything give thanks."
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