Manila, Philippines, Aug 8 (): Continuous downpour of heavy rains submerged most of the Philippine capital, triggering a landslide and forced to send emergency crews to rescue tens of thousands of residents, some of whom called media channels pleading for help.
On Tuesday, a torrential rain paralysed the city, sweeping away houses, stranding residents on rooftops and triggering a landslide. At least 15 people were killed as floodwaters brushed across the main Philippine island of Luzon, paralyzing Manila and forcing 130,000 to flee their homes.
The Philippine government ordered schools and some offices to close on Tuesday while local financial markets suspended trading.
Manila’s main reservoir, the La Mesa Dam, saw an overflow and flooded the nearby residential communities, while spill overs from several dams north of the capital have worsened the situation.
The local television showed live footage of raging rivers carrying off houses and residents left on the roofs of their homes, President Benigno Aquino lll said the government was doing everything it could to help the people.
President met disaster officials on Tuesday to evaluate the situation with the forecasts said by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, or Pagasa, for more bad weather. He ordered the officials to make sure all residents were accounted for in flooded villages and discussed how flooded hospitals could be helped in case they were hit by power outages.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said that more than 800,000 people had been affected, with 18,600 in government evacuation centres and some 231,000 seeking refuge with friends or relatives.
Meteorologists said the disaster in the capital came as over half a month’s rain fell on the city in 24 hours.
In 2009, massive flooding produced by a typhoon shattered Manila and its surrounding areas, killing hundreds. The state weather agency said that the present flooding was not as severe and that the weather may start to improve later this week.