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Death toll in Philippine floods rises to 53

2012-08-08 02:27:54 GMT2012-08-08 10:27:54(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

A resident checks his submerged house during a flood in Marikina City, Metro Manila August 7, 2012. Rescuers rushed to reach trapped residents across the Philippine capital on Tuesday, 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. REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo

Flood victims ride in a rescue boat, as they evacuate to higher grounds, along a flooded street in Las Pinas, Metro Manila August 7, 2012. Monsoon rains swamped the Philippine capital and nearby provinces forcing the government to close schools, public and private offices and financial markets, as emergency workers rushed to move thousands of people to higher grounds, government disaster officials said. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Residents in the Philippine capital wade through flood water. A tropical storm bought heavy rain to Manila, forcing residents in riverside communities to move to higher ground. In Manila Bay around 400 houses were damaged when two barges dislodged from their anchors. Strong winds and waves sent the boats crashing into a nearby poor district, destroying homes made of light materials. Residents were left salvaging the wreckage for belongings. Families living along the Marikina River sought refuge from the floods in a basketball court. Nationwide, more than 2,000 people have headed to evacuation centres. The storm has shut schools and cancelled domestic flights. More heavy rain is expected as tropical storm Saola moves north. Sarah Charlton, Reuters.

Residents rescue a pet dog from the flood in rain in Marikina City, the Philippines, Aug. 7, 2012. Torrential rains caused by the southwest monsoon flooded Metro Manila and surrounding 9 provinces on Tuesday, causing a landslide which burried nine people in Quezon City. (Xinhua/Rouelle Umali)

A resident wades through floodwater in Marikina City, the Philippines, Aug. 7, 2012. Torrential rains caused by the southwest monsoon flooded vairous parts of Metro Manila and surrounding 9 provinces on Tuesday, causing a landslide which burried nine people in Quezon City. (Xinhua/Rouelle Umali)

The death toll from over a week of floods in the Philippines rose to 53 as rain continued to pour, causing dams to overflow and forcing more people to flee their homes, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said Tuesday.

The NDRRMC said 35 people were injured while 5 others remain missing, based on its 5 a.m. report on the effects of Typhoon Gener.

Total damage for all sectors is at P411 million. A total of 202 personnel, 14 vehicles and 14 seacrafts were deployed to various areas in Metro Manila.

The government is now managing some 199,485 families in 11 regions affected by monsoon rains.

Social Welfare and Development Secretary Dinky Soliman and Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo joined National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council head Benito Ramos at the operation center on Tuesday to monitor the government’s response to the relief work.

As of Soliman's latest update, there are 4,489 families, or equivalent to 20,792 persons, in 100 evacuation centers. There are also 1,043 damaged houses while 6,301 are partly damaged.

The government has spent P12.9 million in relief assistance with P6.1 million from the DSWD and P6.2 million from the local government units.

Meanwhile, personnel from the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police are repacking assistance packs. DSWD said it has a stock of 6,000 relief packs.

The government assured there's enough assistance for now, but Soliman said it won't hurt to have more mats, blankets and easy to cook food.

People willing to donate or help repack may go to the national resource center of the DSWD and its central office in Batasan Road in Quezon City.

(Agencies)

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