It’s tempting to blame the calamity on the entities in power, the same ones who regularly mount circus acts that are more astounding and convoluted than the acrobatic shows of the Cirque du Soliel. Unfortunately, not even Filipino trapos (traditional politicians) can make complicated rain dances that cause floods so they can display their beneficence, pocket disaster funds and chisel their names on the concrete projects intended to prevent disasters.
Of course, the old ones still believe in conspiracy theories and they suspect that the powers that be have been affixing their signatures in invisible ink on logging clearances. The younger theorists though tend to believe more in the effects of global warming. The Cagayan de Oro flood may very well have been our first taste of the nastiness of this new-fangled environmental mess.
I once worked in an education institution that taught its students that global warming is, beyond doubt, real. I never knew until I read about Michael Crichton’s differing stand that some experts dispute the theory of global warming. Of course, if Leonardo DiCaprio says it’s real, it must be because I am female and he said so (that was a joke).
The sad fact is, whether global warming really causes floods or not, these floods are likely related to the price of what industrialists call development, the kind that they enjoy. The ones whose homes were underwater for a day or disappeared with the water forever probably can’t appreciate anything.
So while my initial reaction to our two days of no electricity was to scream that I would not survive without the internet, I’m not about to complain. Many of the thousands of affected families (5000 according to one report) have had to swim for their lives, contend with washed down snakes and sleep on cold concrete for days after the flood. Who knows where they’ll be sleeping next and what they’ll be feeding their kids when the relief from those relief goods run out.
P.S. Is it just me or is the riverside balut maker’s hut missing? Where have all the ducks gone? I suppose there will be a shortage of unborn chicks for my drinking buddies to feast on.