“Make sure evacuees get everything they need” — Duterte

  • President Duterte conducted an aerial inspection in order to oversee the affected areas
  • 20,000 families are affected by the torrential rainfall and flooding have been accounted by the NDRRMC
  • Reported fatalities include  nine deaths, six injured and over 150,000 people affected, as of posting

After leading an aerial inspection of areas in Metro Manila affected by flooding caused by heavy rains dumped by southwest monsoon (Habagat) since last week, President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered his auxiliaries to look after the welfare of the evacuees.

“Make sure the evacuees get everything they need,” said Duterte after the 20-minute aerial inspection he led on Monday.

Evacuees have been advised to become watchful about weather updates before returning to their homes.

The president wanted to proceed to Central Luzon to look into areas submerged in flood waters, but bad weather condition prevented him from doing so, an InterAksyon report stated.

Duterte presided at the meeting of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) before the inspection where he urged chiefs of NDRRMC – attached agencies to alert people living in hazard prone areas.

Residents living in low-lying areas, near river systems, coastal areas and in places at high risk of landslides were advised to take safety precautions as the southwest monsoon is expected to continue bringing light to occasionally heavy rains.

The president also directed member agencies of the NDRRMC to monitor closely the consequences of the monsoon rains which include floods, landslides and damaged infrastructure.

About 32,000 families affected by the torrential rainfall and flooding have been accounted by the NDRRMC.

Reported fatalities now reached nine, while six others were left wounded.

Habagat will continue dumping moderate to occasionally heavy rains over the Ilocos region, provinces of Benguet, Zambales, Pangasinan and Bataan, and in major parts of northern and Central Luzon.

Residents in two regions tagged at high risk of landslides — Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon (CALABARZON) and Bicol — are advised of forced preemptive evacuation if the rainfall becomes relentless.

CALABARZON and Bicol Region were tagged at risk of experiencing landslides.

Gale warning is still up over the western seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon.

The low pressure area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 1360 km east of Baler, Aurora (14.7’N, 134.2’e).

Here’s a video report by RTVMalacanang: