- Title: PHILIPPINES: Rescue underway for stranded residents caught in Manila floods
- Date: 7th August 2012
- Summary: MANILA, PHILIPPINES (AUGUST 7, 2012) (REUTERS) WIDE VIEW OF RESIDENTS WALKING ON FLOODED ROAD RUBBER BOATS PASSING THROUGH FLOODED ROAD RESIDENTS ON BOAT
- Embargoed: 22nd August 2012 13:00
- Location: Philippines
- Country: Philippines
- Topics: Disasters,Environment
- Reuters ID: LVA85QOGYBV6OEZ9QCVTIJDCC0M0
- Story Text: Rescuers rushed to reach trapped residents across the Philippine capital on Tuesday (August 7), as torrential rains triggered severe flooding.
Flood waters reached up to two metres (6.5 feet) in the village of Tumana in Marikina City, an eastern suburb of metropolitan Manila, where some residents were stranded in their homes.
More than 20,000 people across Manila and nearby provinces are staying inside evacuation shelters, the welfare department said.
The floods shut down schools, markets, government offices and business operations.
Some flights were delayed or cancelled, and power, water and communications services in flooded areas were disrupted.
The Marikina River breached its critical level of 18 metres (59 feet) and police were deployed to move thousands of residents away from waterlogged areas.
"As of now, it's difficult to rescue the trapped residents, as we are battling strong currents with our life crafts," police rescuer Eric Baran said.
Lina Alvarez from Tumana said she has lost sight of her son.
"I got separated from my son when we tried to flee our home beside the creek," Alvarez said.
Thousands of Marikina residents have sought shelter in evacuation centres, since flood warnings were issued on Monday (August 6).
Schools and sports gyms were converted into temporary shelters.
The floods raised fears of a disaster on the scale of Typhoon Ketsana in 2009, when 80 percent of Manila was flooded, and more than 700 people were killed.
But the weather bureau said the amount of rainfall brought by the enhanced southwest monsoon was much less than typhoon Ketsana, which dumped a month's worth of rains in six hours.
The death toll from days of sustained rains across the Philippines has reached 51, the disaster agency said.
The national disaster agency said nearly 270,000 people had fled their homes and damage to crops and infrastructure were estimated at 340 million pesos ($8.12 million USD) in week-long rains.
Several provinces in northern Philippines including Pampanga, Bulacan and Cavite also suffered from heavy flooding Weather authorities say more rains will hit northern and central Philippines in the coming 24 hours, warning of flash floods and landslides.
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