Tens of thou­sands flee floods

The Myanmar Times - - World -

FIVE peo­ple have been killed and tens of thou­sands have fled from floods in the Philip­pines caused by days of un­re­lent­ing rain, res­cuers said yes­ter­day.

Civil de­fence of­fi­cials warned res­i­dents of Manila and nearby prov­inces to ex­pect more heavy sea­sonal rain over the com­ing days as more than 24,000 peo­ple sought refuge in schools and govern­ment build­ings.

“We are ex­pect­ing more low-ly­ing ar­eas to ex­pe­ri­ence flood­ing,” Na­tional Dis­as­ter Risk Re­duc­tion and Man­age­ment Coun­cil spokesper­son Rom­ina Marasi­gan said.

“Those who are al­ready in evac­u­a­tion cen­tres should stay there un­til the weather im­proves,” she added.

Those evac­u­ated in­clude nearly 9000 res­i­dents in Manila dis­placed by flood­ing from the Marik­ina River on Au­gust 12.

The coun­cil said three slum res­i­dents were crushed to death by walls that col­lapsed in the floods.

A man drowned crossing a swift­flow­ing river on the cen­tral is­land of Panay on Au­gust 10, it said, while the au­thor­i­ties re­trieved a body from a Manila canal on Aug 12.

A fish­er­man went miss­ing at sea off the cen­tral is­land of Marinduque on Au­gust 10, while a man was in­jured by fall­ing rocks at a high­way east of Manila on Au­gust 12.

In all, more than 70,000 peo­ple have had their houses swamped by flood­wa­ters, al­though the ma­jor­ity of res­i­dents have re­mained at home.

The western sec­tion of the Philip­pines has been swamped by heavy rain over the past week, forc­ing the can­cel­la­tion of some do­mes­tic com­mer­cial flights and the sus­pen­sion of classes.

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