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Is it Safe to travel to Manila Makati after Ondoy Flood

Posted by on Oct 14th, 2009
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unknown : I am going to travel to Philippines on Nov 17 till Nov 21. At Metro Manila, to be exact. Is it safe to travel there during this period of time? Will the city be cleared out of the flood water? If not, its safe to tell earlier as I can book to somewhere else. Thanks for reading this.

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Scott: Most parts of Metro Manila are no longer affected by floods. Some areas in the North East are but as all the rivers have fallen to their normal depth now. I think that come the end of November, all of Metro Manila will be back to normal.

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unknown : what about some parts in Makati City, Manila? Is it safe to travel around there? Is the shopping complex safe to go?

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Ryan: Makati is the financial district of the Philippines and in my personal opinion very safe (of course, like any other major cities in the world, you don’t walk around with a wad of cash bursting from your pockets – street smarts are required for any traveler for sure). The shopping malls and there are many of them (and probably nothing like you will ever see anywhere in the world) are safe – just keep your smarts with you (you dont leave your valuables unattended, keeping an eye on your bags and wallets) and you will do fine.
Right now, the parts that are affected by the floods are parts of Pasig and Quezon City, Most towns of Rizal, the coastal towns of Cavite, and Laguna (the towns that are surrounding the Laguna de Bay/Laguna Lake); parts of Zambales in the Botolan area (so Mt. Pinatubo is a no-go as of the moment), parts of Bulacan, parts of Catanduanes, parts of Baguio and Benguet, and Cagayan Province in the North. Some areas are totally devastated like in Rizal which is Northeast of Makati, but in other areas, like Makati, you would never have an idea that a really bad storm/floods passed by as the area is more or less back to normal. By that time probably you arrive in Manila, I don’t think there would be noticeable inconvenience by floods (barring any freak storms on those dates though).
To be sure, it wouldn’t hurt checking the weather bulletins occasionally . You may check the typhoon2000.com website for a more trustworthy weather information as they collate info from the different meteorology agencies and track the forecasts of approaching storms, etc. etc. You will notice however that around this time, the entire Southeast Asia experience monsoonal rains wherever you go in the region, so floods are bound to happen anywhere.
Cheers.
Ryan

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