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Typhoon Ulysses brings back trauma of ‘Ondoy’

It was like “Ondoy” all over again as Typhoon Ulysses (international name: Vamco) battered practically the entire Luzon, dumping heavy rainfall that submerged Marikina City and nearby towns of Rizal province on Thursday, Nov. 12.

The widespread flooding brought back traumatic memories of Typhoon Ondoy in 2009. Appeals for help inundated social media platforms as victims sent photos of young and old people on rooftops of two and three-storey homes, waiting to be rescued.

Typhoon Ulysses unleashed howling winds beginning at midnight on Wednesday, keeping most residents awake for the entire night.

Not too many residents managed to evacuate as rushing flood waters entered their homes; others had to climb up or swam to neighbor’s rooftops for temporary refuge.

VERA Files captured some scenes of the flooding in Marikina City.