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Manila : Philippines | Aug 07, 2012 at 2:12 AM PDT
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Activists hold a protest in front of the House of Representatives in Quezon City, in the suburbs of Manila

Manila, Philippines - I waded through flooded streets in suburban Quezon City to report for work Tuesday morning.

I was all wet and noticed that the unusual heavy rains have been flooding elevated areas of the city. I wondered if it’s climate change.

I saw a child wade through a flooded area on Arty 1 Street near Mindanao Avenue, Barangay Talipapa, Novaliches, Quezon City on Tuesday morning, during a heavy downpour.

The inundated thoroughfare is beside the Sauyo Creek, half a kilometre away from Tullahan River.

I chanced upon a passenger utility vehicle which negotiated flooded portion of Mindanao Avenue corner Road 1, Project 6 and got off on that main street, which leads to my workplace.

Took some pictures and hailed a tricycle since there’s passenger jeepney around and got off at Visayas Avenue corner Road 1 then hailed another jeepney and reached the office to tell my story.

Towards the end of the day, The Department of Health Center for Health Development – National Capital Region on Tuesday morning announced a Code Blue Alert in all government hospitals and health facilities in Metro Manila following the “continuing inclement weather brought about by southwest monsoon (habagat)”.

This was announced by DOH-Center for Health Development – National Capital Region Director Eduardo C. Janairo following fears of prevalence of diseases.

“We have raised the alert due to the series of flooding in various areas of the region and the rising number of affected residents due to the continuous downfall of heavy rains. Community Health Teams (CHTs) will be visiting LGUs to provide medical assistance to residents affected by flood. Leptospirosis prophylaxis will also be given to residents in evacuation centers to avert possible spread of leptospirosis in the area,” Janairo said in a press relase.

"The CHD - Special Medical Action Response Team (S.M.A.R.T.) and the Regional Health Emergency Management Service (RHEMS) will be coordinating with PAG-ASA, NDRRMC and various local government units to continue providing support and alerting affected LGUs," Janairo added.

Three Disaster Response Task Units (DRTU) from the Philippine Navy (PN) and the Standing Joint Task Force-NCR (SJTF-NCR) have been deployed to Caloocan City and Malabon City to rescue families who were victims of “continuing inclement weather brought about by southwest monsoon (habagat)”.

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