It’s still raining in Manila. It’s been raining consistently and lightly for the last eighteen hours, but nothing to get excited about. I imagine the water-levels in some of the flooded areas are going up again, but people are prepared for worse so they should be okay.
As of a couple of hours ago, Typhoon Parma made landfall up north, but if the forecasts and satellite images are to be believed, it’s substantially weakened and really just skipping off the very corner of Luzon, about 400km north of here. It’s now listed as a Category II storm and we’re all still waiting to see what happens, but feeling a lot more hopeful today than we did last night. With luck we’ve dodged this bullet and the system will skip back out into the Pacific and dissapate. Thoughts remain with those up in Aurora district right now, where they’ll be feeling the impact of the winds and rain, but we probably won’t hear much news before tomorrow. Meanwhile, the teams have resumed relief operations here in Manila, still trying to respond to the half-million people who’ve been displaced from their homes from all the flooding last week. Business as usual, as they say.