Floods persist as habagat dumps more rains

Filipino children watch from an upper floor as evacuees from flood-affected areas queue behind a Philippine Army truck delivering relief goods at a elementary school used as an evacuation center in Marikina City, east of Manila, Philippines 21 August 2013. Floods reaching as high as two metres swamped a wide area in the northern Philippines, including Manila, after days of heavy rains, killing 14 people. More than one million people were affected, including 281,126 people forced to stay in emergency shelters or with family and friends, according to the National Risk Reduction and Management Council. The monsoon rains in the Philippines were being enhanced by tropical storm Trami, which was moving towards Taiwan with maximum sustained winds of 105 kilometres per hour (kph) and gusts of up to 135 kph. EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA

A huge part of Metro Manila and nearby provinces remained submerged in floods Wednesday, even as the storm-enhanced monsoon continued to dump heavy rains.

The downpour and floods left at least eight people dead and several others missing while thousands were driven out of their homes.

Local government units have since declared a state of calamity in the following areas:


-Rizal: Cainta, San Mateo, Taytay
-Pampanga: Pampanga, San Fernando, Masantol, Macabebe, Minalin, Guagua
-Cavite (entire province)
-Ilocos Sur: Narvacan
-Laguna: Biñan, Cabuyao, San Pedro, Calamba, Sta Rosa, Bae, Sta Maria and Los Baños
-Occidental Mindoro (Barangay Victoria and Barangay Lagnas in Sablayan)

Disaster officials said more than one million individuals in Metro Manila and Regions I, III, IV-A, IV-B and CAR have been affected. Damage is pegged at P67 million.

Tropical storm “Maring” has left the Philippine area of responsibility early Wednesday, but continues to enhance habagat, the state weather bureau Pagasa said.

A yellow rainfall warning remained over Metro Manila and surrounding provinces as of 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, with Pagasa expecting moderate to heavy rains.

Flooding is likely in low-lying areas in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Pampanga, Rizal, Cavite, Bataan and portions of Laguna, Tarlac, Quezon, Occidental Mindoro and Zambales, it added.

Authorities have meanwhile declared suspension of classes August 22 in the following areas affected by floods, to make way for rebuilding or cleanup efforts:

-Caloocan (all levels)
-Marikina (all levels)
-Makati City (all levels, until August 23)
-Malabon City (all levels, until August 23)
-Mandaluyong City (all levels)
-Manila (all levels)
-Muntinlupa City (preschool to high school, public and private, until August 23)
-Navotas (all levels)
-Pasay City (preschool to high school, until August 23)
-Parañaque City (all levels)
-Pateros (preschool to highschool, public only, until August 23)
-Pasig (public preschool to elementary)
-Taguig (all levels, public)
-Valenzuela City (preschool to high school, until August 23)

-Bataan (all levels)
-Balagtas, Bulacan (all levels)
-Baliwag, Bulacan (all levels)
-Bulakan, Bulacan (all levels)
-Cavite (all levels, public and private, August 22, Thursday)
-Laguna (all levels, until August 23)
-Malolos, Bulacan (all levels)
-Meycauayan, Bulacan (all levels)
-Pangasinan (all levels)
-Pulilan, Bulacan (all levels)
-San Mateo, Rizal (all levels, until August 23)

-Asia Pacific College (all levels, but office operations resume)
-Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Valenzuela
-Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Laguna Campuses (all levels, until August 23)
-Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Paranaque
-Saint Francis of Assisi College (all levels)
-St. Scholastica’s College – Manila (all levels, but office operations resume)
-La Salle Green Hills
-Valenzuela Polytechnic University
-Diosdado Macapagal Elementary School, QC
-San Gabriel Elementary School, QC
-Fairview Elementary School, QC
-Bagong Silangan Elementary School and High School, QC
-University of the Philippines Los Banos (until Friday, but office operations resume)
-University of the Philippines Manila
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