Scores die as tropical storm hits Philippines
At least 75 people have been killed and thousands evacuated as torrential rains brought by tropical storm “Ondoy” caused flooding in wide areas of metropolitan Manila and other provinces in Luzon region.
The government declared Manila and 25 other provinces to be in a state of calamity.
Television footage showed water flowing down roads like rivers, with the floods chest-deep. People climb to their rooftops with valuables while kids swim in the rising floodwaters.
At least 24 people, mostly children, were drowned in the province of Rizal according to reports. Among the fatalities were a soldier and four volunteers from the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit who took part in the search and rescue efforts for the storm’s victims.
Power has been cut off in many parts of the capital, while over 1,800 people were forced to flee their homes and take refuge in evacuation centers due to rising floodwaters.
The heavy rains also flooded major streets in Manila causing massive traffic jams.
The weather bureau said that Saturday’s flooding was the worst in 20 years.
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RED CROSS: 0917-899-7898 and 0938-442697,
National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) Emergency Numbers: 911-1406, 912-2665, 911-5061, 912-5296, 911-1873, 912-2112
NCRPO Hotline for rubber boats and trucks – 8383203, 8383354.
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