Tens of thousands flee floods
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.