Why is Manila so prone to flooding?
There are many reasons why flooding in Manila is getting worse the biggest issues are the drains that become blocked due to the poorly maintained flood controls. The rainy season is here once again and every year the rains and typhoons appear to increase in magnitude, and many believe this is due to the climate changes. Whatever the reason the unpredictable weathers now gives the typhoons paths a more unpredictable path. People are now more unprepared for those Typhoons.
Due to the flooding in Manila, the city suffers the worse from the onslaught of rain because of the huge population and urbanization. The city has a population in of excess of 12 million and is growing rapidly. In our lifetimes we’ve seen fringes of the metropolis gobbled up and transformed from rice fields to thousands of subdivisions, and our metropolis has lost nearly half of the esters and canals, which use to cover over 40 kilometres. There are only about 20 left, and all lost due to urban development. This is again due to the lack of planing, poor drainage,and road and traffic infrastructure that is unable to carry the additional load. Hence huge traffic builds up when the rain starts clogging up the city even more!