Rain brought by the Southwest Monsoon has been affecting parts of the Philippines since 08 August.
The country’s National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) say that the rain has caused flooding in several regions, including Metropolitan Manila, Central Luzon and Calabarzon.
At least 5 deaths have been reported, with 3 of the fatalities in Manila. A further 6 people have been injured and 1 person is still missing.
NDRRMC report that the flooding has affected 80,467 people so far, and forced 50,592 people to evacuate their homes to stay in the 104 relief centres set up. Over 20 houses have been severely damaged and 12 houses completely destroyed.
The evacuations took place in Metropolitan Manila (18,000), Central Luzon (17,000, with over 11,000 in Bataan and 4,400 in Bulacan) and Calabarzon (almost 15,000).
A mandatory evacuation order was issued in Marikina City as the Marikina River’s water level reached 18 meters above sea level during the afternoon of 13 August, 2016. All eight floodgates have been open since late Friday evening to prevent the water from rising further. Residents were advised to leave their houses immediately and go to designated evacuation centres. Rescue teams worked to help stranded residents. Levels of the river have since fallen to 14.7 meters, as of the morning of 15 August, 2016.
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Rainfall figures for a 24 hour period, 13 to 14 August
- Cabanatuan – 61.1 mm
- Metro Manila – 137.1 mm
Rainfall figures for a 24 hour period, 14 to 15 August
- Baguio – 118.1 mm
- Dagupan – 150.7 mm
Further rainfall has been forecast. On 15 August, a rainfall warning was issued for the Provinces of Zambales and Bataan. Light to moderate rain is expected in Metro Manila and surrounding areas.