Floods leave five dead, tens of thousands leaving homes in PH

  • Officials have confirmed that five people have died and tens of thousands needed to leave their homes to avoid floods in the Philippines
  • Among evacuees were 9,000 residents from Manila who were displaced by flooding from the Marikina River on Saturday
  • The rain in the country was too much that more than 24,000 people were evacuated to various schools and government buildings

MANILA, Philippines – Officials confirmed on Sunday that five people died and tens of thousands needed to leave their homes to avoid floods in the Philippines caused by unrelenting rains.

Government officials warned residents of Manila as well as nearby provinces to expect more heavy rains in the coming days. The rain in the country was too much that more than 24,000 people were evacuated to various schools and government buildings.

“We are expecting more low-lying areas to experience flooding,” said National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council spokeswoman Romina Marasigan as quoted in an article by AFP.

“Those who are already in evacuation centers should stay there until the weather improves,” she added.

Reports said that 9,000 residents from Manila were displaced by flooding from the Marikina River on Saturday. The local government of Manila said that three Manila slum residents were crushed to death Saturday by walls that collapsed in the floods.

Meanwhile, a man drowned while crossing a swift-flowing river on the central island of Panay on Wednesday. Authorities also retrieved a body from a Manila canal on Friday, but the cause of death is still under investigation.

On Monday, a fisherman went missing at sea off the central island of Marinduque, while a man was injured as rocks started falling down at a highway east of Manila on Friday.

An article by Fernan Marasigan for The Manila Times said that more than 70,000 people have had their houses swamped by floodwaters; however, the majority of residents have remained at home.

For the past weeks, the western section of the Philippines have been swamped by heavy rains affecting airports and forcing the cancellation of some domestic commercial flights, as well as suspension of classes.

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