Here come the rains
Obviously, it is still humid in many parts of the country, but it is also clear now that rains had started visiting us, particularly here in Eastern Visayas. Every now and then, we experience brief downpours that soak the grounds wet.
Lucky for us if rains are limited to such dosage. At least they are just enough for our plants’ needs, for the lowering of hot temperatures. But if prolonged, heavy rainfalls would come, we would again be in big trouble. That would mean destruction of properties and, to some extent, loss of lives to those who are severely affected.
Floods, landslides—these are just some of the dangers that confront us when torrential rains come. It is something that families, various institutions, and concerned authorities should start bracing for. Rains bring about floods, and floods are noted destroyers. But the extent of possible destruction can be mitigated if proper preparations are made. Prevention is better than cure, so to speak. Before flooding visits our doors, we should prepare for it in advance.
In urban centers, one best way to brace for rainy season is to make sure the drainage system is in good shape. The municipal or city government should ensure that waterways and exits are not clogged by, say, garbage piles or anything that could cause water to rise in certain areas. Proper garbage disposal should be imposed. Trees in flood-prone areas, if there are, should not be cut down but should instead be added with more.
It would be best, too, to prepare for other deadly effects of rainfall like mudslides, the spread of communicable diseases, the rise of dengue cases, and many others. All this must be addressed by the agencies concerned. But people should be cautious themselves so as to lessen the impact of these phenomena.
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