By Aaron Recuenco
Heavy rains that spawned massive flooding over the weekend have claimed the lives of five people in Metro Manila and forced more than 60,000 people to flee their homes in the metropolis and nearby provinces.
Evacuees who were affected of the recent flood, line up as they get relief goods from the local government, at Malanday Elementary School in Marikina City, August 13 2018. Thousands of residents of Marikina were evacuated due to the flood after the Marikina River overflowed due to heavy rains. (Mark Balmores / MANILA BULLETIN)
Chief Supt. Guillermo Eleazar, director of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), said three people were reported dead in Quezon City while one each in Marikina and Manila.
He said there are 6,218 families or 27,743 persons who remain at the 45 evacuation centers set up in various parts of Metro Manila, most of the evacuees are in Pasig and Marikina areas with a total of 5,232 families or 34,384 individuals.
In Quezon City, a total of 585 families or 1,811 individuals chose to stay at the evacuation centers while 253 families or 990 persons were the reported evacuees in Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela.
In Manila, a total of 148 families or 558 persons are also being served in evacuation centers.
In Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon), a total of 35,649 people evacuated from their homes, almost all of them are residents of Rizal with 34,727 individuals.
Those evacuated, according to Calabarzon regional police director Chief Supt. Edward Carranza, include the 482 inmates in San Mateo, Rizal.
There were no reported casualties in Calabarzon but there were at least 24 houses destroyed.
Director General Oscar ALbayalde, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), said that based on their aerial inspection, Bulacan was the most devastated by the flooding.
“The flood is still deep, the flood affected almost the entire province,” Albayalde said.