Philippines – Thousands Displaced as Deadly Floods Hit Metro Manila

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) in the Philippines said that at least 2 people have died and thousands displaced by floods brought by rainfall from the Southwest Monsoon or ‘habagat’, enhanced by Tropical Storm ‘Yagi’.

Torrential rains on Saturday, 11 August, triggered floods in different parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces. NDRRMC said that at least 2 people had died in separate incidents in Marikina City and Quezon City, and one person was reported missing after being swept away by flood water in Quezon City.

NDRRMC said that a total of 59,108 persons were evacuated from their homes in Metro Manila, and surrounding areas, in particular Rizal and Cavite.

Heavy monsoon rains have been falling in several areas of the country and the Department of Social Welfare and Development reported that, as of 12 August 2018, over 2 million people in Regions I, III, VI, CAR, NCR, Calabarzon and MIMAROPA were affected. As many as 393 houses have been destroyed and 8,158 damaged.

A total of 43,694 people were staying in 98 evacuation centres in NCR, I, III, Calabarzon, VI and CAR. A further 339,302 people had evacuated or been displaced but were staying outside evacuation centres.

Tropical Storm ‘Yagi’ (Karding)

The country’s meteorological agency, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), said that the monsoon rains were enhanced by Tropical Storm ‘Yagi’, known locally as ‘Karding’.

As of 12 August, Yagi had already left the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

Yagi made landfall at 23:35 local time the same day (12 August) in Wenling County, east China’s Zhejiang Province. According to local media, as of 13 August, three people were killed and 200 000 people were evacuated in Zhejiang province.

According to NASA, on 13 August, 2018 “Yagi had maximum sustained winds near 40 knots (46 mph/74 kph). Yagi was located near 29.5 degrees north latitude and 119.9 degrees east longitude, about 145 nm south-southwest of Shanghai, China. Yagi has tracked northwestward at 22 knots.

Yagi is forecast to continue tracking in a northwesterly direction and dissipate over China in the next couple of days.”

On Aug. 13 at 10:20 a.m. EDT (1420 UTC) NASA’s Aqua satellite found coldest temperatures in a small area of strongest thunderstorms (red) in Tropical Storm Yagi were as cold as or colder than minus 70 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 56.6 degrees Celsius). Credits: NRL/NASA

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