In the Philippines, monsoon rains flood Manila and the province, evacuating thousands


Manila — Philippine officials moved thousands of residents of the capital Manila from the lowland communities on Saturday as tropical cyclones and heavy monsoon rains flooded cities and neighboring states.

The national disaster agency said about 15,000 people from the flood-prone suburbs of Manila had moved to shelters.

“We decided to evacuate early,” said Luzviminda Tayson, 61.

“I don’t want the water to rise and be caught,” said Taison, one of the approximately 2,900 evacuees who were urged to practice physical distance when evacuating to an elementary school in Marikina. Said.

Residents eat
On July 24, 2021, heavy rains struck some areas of Manila Metropolikina, Philippines, and residents ate after evacuating to school. (Lisa Marie David / Reuters)

In some parts of the Philippine capital, more than 13 million cities have spread, flood waters have risen to waist height, and roads to light vehicles have been blocked.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said in a statement that the Ministry of Public Works was busy removing debris and landslides from roads in the state on Saturday.

“Some houses were flooded to the roof,” Humerlito Dolor, governor of Oriental Mindoro, south of the capital, told the DZMM radio station.