Half of Manila Under Water

The aftermath of Tropical Storm Trami (known as Maring locally) combined with seasonal monsoon storms to bring torrential rains that caused widespread flooding across Luzon, the largest island in the Philippines. Particularly badly hit has been the capital Manila, with some reports claiming that around half of the city is now under water.

After some of the Philippines’ heaviest rains on record, Manila’s road and transport network was swamped. Thousands have been trapped in homes and shelters, and the government has had to suspend all work except flood disaster response and rescue for a second day. Schools, banks, offices and shops have all been closed in the capital and elsewhere in the region. As of 18th August there had been 1 fatality reported. A further 2 people were reported as missing. Further heavy rainfall and flooding since then has increased the number of fatalities to seven.

Photos of the current floods in the Philippines from our Pinterest collection:

[alpine-phototile-for-pinterest src=”board” uid=”floodlist” board=”floods-in-the-philippines-august-2013″ imgl=”pinterest” dl=”1″ dlstyle=”medium” style=”floor” row=”4″ size=”554″ num=”24″ border=”1″ highlight=”1″ max=”100″ nocredit=”1″]

More than 10cm of rain fell in a 24 hour period on 18th August in various places across Luzon. A huge 44cm fell in Ambulong, which lies south of Manila. WMO reported that nearly 33cm of rain fell in 24 hours near Manila on 19th August. The heavy rainfall is expected to improve gradually for Manila, but is also expected to move northwards, raising concerns for provincial areas outside the capital.

Flooding has become a part of life for many in Manila. Monsoon rains and tropical storms often result in floods in parts of the city. Poor urban planning has been held responsible for making flooding worse. Tens of thousands of Manila‚Äôs poorest inhabitants live on the flood plains and flood prone areas. Large areas of the city have been built on, meaning the ground is less able to absorb flood water. The city’s poor drainage system has also exacerbated the flooding problem. In a similar story to Jakarta, many of the city’s original drainage canals are now blocked or have been built on. Some drainage waterways have also been blocked by trash and litter. Floods have also been worsened in Manila by deforestation in the mountains and areas surrounding the city, leaving any heavy rainfall to race unhindered down hill and moutainsides. See the video report on the current situation in Manila from AFP below:

Philippines and Floods
The Philippines is constantly under threat of floods. The country suffered from massive flooding in 2009 where 464 people died as a result. Nearly 100,000 people were displaced by floods in the southern Philippines after tropical storm Leepi in June 2013. Floods in Mindanao, Philippines, affected nearly 500,000 people since 21st July 2013.

Floods Across Asia
Manila and Luzon are just one part of Asia currently strugggling with severe flooding. Cambodia, North eastern areas of China, Russia’s Far Eastern Federal District, huge areas of Pakistan and parts of Afghanistan are all currently suffering from floods on a massive scale, as this report shows: