More rain adds to misery in flooded Philippine capital; 8 confirmed dead
By Mynardo Macaraig, AFPMANILA--Heavy rain pounded the Philippine capital and surrounding areas for a third day Wednesday, adding to the misery of nearly 300,000 exhausted people displaced from their flooded homes.
August 22, 2013, 12:04 am TWN
Eight people have already been confirmed killed by the monsoon rains that have battered the main Philippine island of Luzon, and provincial authorities warned the death toll would rise with reports of more drownings.
About one third of Manila, a low-lying and sprawling city of 12 million people, remained under water with some areas enduring waist-deep floods, according to Philippine Red Cross secretary general Gwendolyn Pang.
The crisis had eased from Tuesday, when more than half of the city was submerged and the rain was heavier.
But Pang said many people were still suffering, with close to 300,000 people living in evacuation centers or seeking shelter with friends and relatives.
“The problem now is food, and a source of water for drinking. They also have to wash their clothes (while) some had their belongings washed away by the water,” Pang told AFP.
One of the worst-affected areas was the coastal district of Cavite, about 18 kilometers from the heart of the capital, where residents were enduring waist-deep water streaming through countless homes.
“We are really pitiful here. People are still shocked. There is no electricity,” Lino Ibadlit, a district councilor, told AFP.
He said the local government had brought some food and other relief goods but they were only suitable for one day.
“The people have no choice but to wade through the water to look for food, but stores are either closed or have run out of supplies... we need canned goods, noodles, biscuits,” he said.
Ibadlit said health was also starting to become a concern, with children beginning to suffer from colds and skin rashes.
The floods paralyzed the capital on Monday and Tuesday, with schools, government offices and the stock exchange closed. The city was even quieter on Wednesday, although it was a public holiday.