The number of flood victims in the Philippines, close to 50

The number of officially confirmed victims of severe flooding in the Philippine capital of Manila has reached 49 after last night the National Council on disaster risk reduction (NSSRSB) countries received reports from the provinces adjacent to the metropolis, said on Friday the news portal GMA News.

Previously reported on the death of 20 people.

In just two days this week in the capital of the Philippines had more monthly rainfall, as a result of the river in the Greater Manila overflowed, and the water at the peak of the flood completely flooded more than half of the giant metropolis with a population of 12 million people. Rescuers were forced to evacuate directly from the streets of people standing up to their necks in water.

According to preliminary estimates NSSRSB from catastrophe, has affected more than 2.1 million residents of the Philippine capital, and the number of evacuees was close to 315 thousand. Catastrophe, completely destroyed 366 homes and damaged thousands of buildings 2.75, at least, 129 road and five bridges are still impassable for vehicles.

"We need more help and more volunteers," — said the day before the Minister of Social Welfare and Development Corazon Soliman (Corazon Soliman). "We have food, but we have it packaged, delivered and distributed in a large-scale operation," — she added.

According to the minister, many evacuation centers are unable to cope with the influx of refugees. "The number of evacuees is so great that they (the centers) just overwhelmed (wave of people.) We also need more medicine, blankets, and, more importantly, dry clothes," — she said.

On Friday morning the weather situation in Metro Manila has improved, and its residents have started dismantling the rubble. However, the administration of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services (PAGASA) warned on its website about possible new rain later in the afternoon.

Every year during the rainy season from June to December in the Philippine archipelago falls about 20 storms and typhoons. The sad record for the number of victims while holding typhoon in 1991 that killed 6,000 people Philippine island of Leyte.

Source: RIA "Novosti".

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