Affected by floods in RP nears 2M, Death Toll from Typhoon Saola and monsoon now at 73.
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Affected by floods in RP nears 2M, Death Toll from Typhoon Saola and monsoon now at 73.

Manila : Philippines | Aug 08, 2012 at 11:28 PM PDT
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Deadly floods have affected nearly 2 million Filipinos in Manila and some parts of the Philippines as numbers continue to rise due to torrential rains brought by the heightened monsoon prompting the release of P126M ($3M) in relief goods.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) in its latest bulletin stated that there are around 1,953,481 flood victims in the regions of Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Ilocos, Mimaropa, National Capital Region and Western Visayas.

89 cities and municipalities were devastated by the floods. 60% of Manila is still submerged in the floods and some farmlands ruined due to the three-day deluge brought by the non-stop rains brought by the monsoon.

The official death toll brought by the floods is now at 19. This brings the number of dead to 73 from Typhoon Saola last week.

784,000 people are also jampacked at evacuation centers lacking food, water and sanitary comfort rooms. Some of the evacuation centers were not spared by the floods.

9,000 troops from the military, coast guard, and the police have been undergoing rescue mission non-stop since Monday. A total of P126 million worth of relief funds were already released coming from various governmental agencies and local government units including the Department of Health and the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Meanwhile a total of 3,035 houses were destroyed in the areas affected, 358 of which were totally leveled to the ground.

City streets and highways now looked more like rivers and waterways. Four bridges and 154 roads remained not passable to all types of vehicles.

Malacañang suspended all classes for today, from preschool to postgraduate courses in the National Capital Region and the provinces of Zambales, Bataan, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Bulacan, Laguna, Cavite, and Rizal.

However, work resumed for national government agencies and private sector offices.

PAGASA recorded an alarming 687 mm of total accumulated rainfall last Monday and Tuesday, more than the expected number for the whole month of August of around 400-500 mm.

Majority of Manila is -34.141 (meters) below sea level which explains the constant flooding but this is the worst flooding the city has experienced absent any typhoon.

virgzmagallanes is based in Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines, and is a Stringer for Allvoices.
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