Philippine worst flood situation not yet over
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In Central Luzon, the flooded areas were Calumpit, Meycauayan, Balagtas, Bocaue, Bulacan, Bustos, Guiguinto, Malolos, Marilao, Sta. Maria, San Jose del Monte, Pulilan, Plaridel, Paombong and Obando in Bulacan; Bacolor, Apalit, Candaba, Florida, Guagua, Lubao, San Simon, Macabebe, Mabalacat, Masantol, Minalin, Sasmuan, Sta. Ana, Sta. Rita, Sto. Tomas, Porac, San Fernando, and San Simon in Pampanga; Balanga, Dinalupihan, Orani, Orion, and Hermosa in Bataan; Paniqui, Camiling, Concepcion, Mayantoc, Sta. Ignacia, and La Paz in Tarlac; and San Narciso, Subic, San Felipe and Cabangan in Zambales.
In Calabarzon region, the areas hit by floods were Cardona and Cainta in Rizal; Sta. Rosa, Bian, Calamba, San Pedro, Cabuyao, Los Baños, Bay, Victoria, Sta. Cruz, Lumban, Paete, Pakil, Pangli, Siniloan, Mabitac, Sta. Maria, and Famy in Laguna; and Noveleta and General Trias in Cavite.
National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported that a total of 126 roads in Ilocos, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Cordillera and Metro Manila were not passable to vehicles due to flooding.
These roads are located in Pangasinan, Valenzuela City, Quezon City, Taguig City, Caloocan, Muntinlupa, Pasig, Parañaque, Pateros, Makati, Navotas, Mandaluyong, San Juan, Pampanga, Bulacan, Bataan, Batangas, Cavite, Rizal, Abra, Benguet, Kalinga and Mountain Province. No damage to bridges was reported.
Furthermore, NDRRMC said a total of 5,451 personnel, 34 vehicles and 176 seacraft from the military, police and Coast Guard have been deployed for evacuation and rescue operations.
The cost of assistance provided by the government, local officials and non-government organizations has reached P12.9 million.
NDRRMC executive director Benito Ramos noted the floods have battered 1, 230.813 people in Metro Manila, Ilocos, Central Luzon, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon,(Calabarzon) and Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan.
Director Ramos said 783,707 people were evacuated from their flooded residences; 242,211 persons are now sheltered in 614 evacuation centers; 607,941 persons are temporarily sharing house with relatives and friends.
These figures still regarded as tentative because the rescue operations are still underway. Nevertheless, these data provide a clearer picture of the extent of the damages the floods entailed.
It is reported that foreign embassies in Manila are lending assistance and any help they could possibly provide to the victims. These gestures of the World Community to Nations are much welcomed. The Chilean spirit of volunteerism and the Filipino Bayanihan Spirit are interesting to see their blending in service and actions.
Today, still no classes in all levels of education in the affected areas in order to give way the much needed cleaning and restorations of school buildings and classrooms flooded.
Let it be said the present floods are not yet the last to hit the country this year for the rainy season is not over. An average of 20 typhoons pass each year in the Philippines situated in the "tropics where there are moonsoon rains not in Greenland," said Dr. John C. Mutter.