Filipinos turn to Twitter as storm Ondoy floods Metro Manila

Excerpt from my latest CNET Asia blog post.

I’m blogging this using a prepaid HSDPA USB modem as our condominium still has no electricity after several hours, yet I’m luckier than many of my countrymen, some of whom are still stranded on the road or even on the rooftops of their houses.

Metro Manila and 23 provinces are now in a state of calamity in the wake of massive floods brought about by the heaviest rainfall in our country’s recorded history. Twitter and social networking sites such as Facebook have been the main means Filipino Internet users have kept pace with developments and shared information, such as the text numbers for disaster relief agencies and volunteer organizations now that voice networks are clogged.

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