SLIDESHOW: Typhoon Gener aftermath

Posted at 08/01/12 11:26 PM

A typhoon and a rare weather disturbance wrought havoc in many parts of the Philippines as "Gener" (international name, Saola) dumped heavy rains for days causing storm surges, floods, overflowing of dams, and power outages affecting millions.

Dr. Mahar Lagmay, director of the government's Project NOAH (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards), said a "mesocyclone," a vortex of air approximately 3 kms to 80 kms in diameter within a storm, hit large parts of the metropolis last weekend.

The mesocyclone puzzled some weather forecasters of PAGASA and led to criticisms that the government failed to give accurate weather updates.

"Gener" slowly crossed the northern-most areas of the Philippines, but caused a lot of damage even to large parts of Metro Manila as well as Southern and Central Luzon.

On Wednesday, storm surges hit scenic Roxas Blvd. and forced the US Embassy to shut down due to floods. Tons of garbage from Manila Bay were also thrown inland in Manila and Cavite.

Classes were suspended for a couple of days due to the intense rains and floods.

More than 150,000 people across the Philippines were forced to flee their homes, and the death toll has risen to 14.

Here are photos of the impact of the weather disturbances: