Philippines Flood Update

With the flooding in Manila receding, the region of the Luzon north of the capital is still struggling with heavy rainfall and the effects of Tropical Cyclone Trami, which locally is known as Maring. However, there could be more rainfall to come as yet another tropical cyclone, named Nando in the Philippines, has formed about 300km east of the coast of Luzon. It is expected to move in a north westerly direction, which forecasters believe may result in renewed heavy rainfall in northern Luzon.

Luzon is the largest and northernmost island in the Philippines archipelago. Manila is located in the south of Luzon. Although the flooding in the capital subsided last week, northern Luzon continued to suffer from heavy rainfall and flooding. As of 25th August there are a reported 3 million people that have been affected by floods in northern Luzon. 25 people have been killed in flood-related incidents, and a further 3 people are missing.

The floods and storms have caused havoc in the region and have damaged or destroyed over 1,500 houses, leaving many homeless. Thousands have also been evacuated as a precaution and it is understood there are now over 70,000 people staying in the 300 plus evacuation centres that have been set up by relief operations in northern Luzon. State of emergency have been declared in 5 of Luzon’s provinces and 10 cities.

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Improved Flood Warnings
Meanwhile Al Jazeera are reporting that better flood forecasting and weather warnings are being credited for saving lives in the Philippines. Evacuation measures have been improved, in particular in the wake of the terrible flood disaster of 2009, and the dangers of flooding are better understood by the general population. People know that in the event of flooding or a flood warning, they should go to an evacuation centre to avoid risks.