MANILA – The scenes of destruction caused by tropical storm Ondoy (international codename Ketsana) on Saturday were captured on videos and were posted on video-sharing Web site YouTube.
Using her cellphone, Camille Magno filmed the actual rescue operation of a woman who was trapped on top of her sports utility vehicle as her car was being swept by floodwaters at the UERM Hospital in Sta. Mesa, Manila.
Hospital staff were seen scrambling to bring the woman to safety as the floodwaters continued to rise, sweeping away other vehicles parked outside the building.
Another video shows the damage caused by Ondoy in Parkway Village, Quezon City.
The video, taken by the Chan family, shows cars on top of each other after they were swept away by strong floods over the weekend.
In the wake of the onslaught of the tropical storm, thousands of residents were stranded on their rooftops and others hung on to makeshift floaters as they waited to be rescued.
Saturday's disaster saw Ondoy drop the heaviest rain in more than 40 years on Metro Manila and neighboring areas in Luzon.
The nine-hour deluge left some areas of Metro Manila, a sprawling city of 12 million people, under six meters (20 feet) of water.
Eighty percent of the city was submerged and some areas remained more than knee-deep in water on Monday. Local television reported that some people remained stranded on the second floors of their homes.
Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro said the official death toll stood at 86, with another 32 people missing. He said more than 435,000 people had been displaced. –ANC; With a report from Agence France-Presse