Philippines – Thousands Evacuate Floods in Manila and Northern Regions

Over 80,000 people have evacuated their homes in the Philippines after severe weather brought by the southwest monsoon, enhanced by Typhoon Fabian (international name “In-fa”) from 22 July 2021.

Flood rescue in Naujan, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines, 23 July 2021. Photo: Philippine Coast Guard

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) at least 3 people have died and 5 injured as a result of falling trees or lightning strikes.

Over 20,000 people were evacuated in Metro Manila after severe flooding in areas of the National Capital Region (NCR). Many of those evacuated were in low-lying areas of Marikina City, where the Marikina River reached 16.4 metres (Alert Level 2) on 24 July.

Heavy rain caused flooding elsewhere in the NCR region. As of 24 July, NDRRMC reported flooding of over 50cm deep in areas of Navotas, Pasig, Taguig, Caloocan, Malabon, Valenzuela and Muntinlupa cities in the NCR.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development said as of 25 July 2021, 30,612 people were taking refuge in evacuation centres in Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Central Luzon (Region III) and the National Capital Region (NCR). A further 49,511 people are temporarily staying with relatives or friends.

NDRRMC reported severe weather including flooding and landslides had damaged 572 houses across affected regions. Apart from areas of Metro Manila, severe flooding was also reported in Oriental Mindoro Province in Mimaropa, Bataan Province in Central Luzon, and the provinces of Rizal and in Calabarzon region.

Although Typhoon Fabian is now outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility, monsoon rains will continue to persist in different parts of the country until later this week, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.