UN moves to assist Philippines amid extensive floods

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Four young children are rescued with the use of inner tubes at a flooded riverside community in Manila. Photo: J. Gutierrez/IRIN

Heavy monsoon rains in the Philippines, aggravated by Tropical Storm Trami have caused extensive flooding and landslides in 11 provinces in and around the capital Manila, bringing everyday life to a standstill.

The one month average rainfall for August was recorded in one day – Monday 19th August.

The Government of the Philippines says it's focusing the response in the provinces of Laguna, Rizal and Cavite in the Calabarzon region, which are believed to be the hardest hit by flooding.

In Geneva, Spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Jens Laerke says as of 20th August, Filipino authorities have reported seven people dead, four are missing and more than 40, 700 are in 200 evacuation centres.

“In addition, there are some 90,500 people who are seeking refuge with relatives and friends. Several houses and infrastructure in Manila have been damaged. While the government has not formally requested international assistance, the Secretary of Social Welfare and development has asked for targeted support in food and camp coordination and camp management. WFP will provide 50 metric tonnes of high-energy biscuits and IOM will extend technical camp management support to local authorities. “

IOM – the International Organization for Migration says the torrential rains are expected to continue for the next two to three days.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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