The capital of the Philippines was flooded after a typhoon

The capital of the Philippines was flooded after a typhoon Natural Disasters

Showers, which lasted more than a day, have caused flooding in Manila and surrounding areas. The flood was so strong that it surpassed in size after Typhoon Ketsana flood of 2009 that killed hundreds of people. The monsoon rains have brought this time from 300 to 500 mm of rain in two days, were the most abundant in the last three years, well above the daily rate of 80-100 mm.

At the moment, reported 15 dead and 270 thousand were evacuated from the city. Slum area also suffered from a landslide that destroyed four buildings. Schools, markets and businesses to cease, as the movement in the streets of Manila completely paralyzed water. Injured use the road as on the rivers, floating on everything that can float.

As a result, under the impact of the flood was at least 50% of Metro Manila. The soil can not cope with this volume of water, so is almost invisible boundary between sea and land. At some points the water layer height is 5 meters, so even the first floor flooded. Residents of these homes have no choice but to wait for help as on roofs. So far, about 300 families were evacuated from the banks of the Pasig River, which flows through Manila for 27 km. Among the many homeless evacuees.

Evacuation is complicated by the fact that the approaches to some homes flooded with incredible speed, and get close to them becomes more difficult. Some Filipinos can not by themselves to attempt to evacuate as the water in rooms up to shoulder level.

Despite the fact that the official forecasts only passed floods in low-lying areas, in general, residents of Manila are confident enough withstand flooding, assist rescue workers and not to panic. Special services and evacuation centers are also working more smoothly.

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