Southwest Monsoon affecting Luzon.
Northern and Central Luzon and the western section of Southern Luzon will experience occasional rains becoming frequent over the western section of Northern and Central Luzon which may trigger flashfloods and landslides. The rest of the country will be partly cloudy to at times cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.
Moderate to strong winds blowing from the Southwest will prevail over Luzon and its coastal waters will be moderate to rough. Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the South to Southwest with slight to moderate seas.
Power, water and communications services were restored as floodwaters started to recede, allowing many to return home to fix their houses. Nearly 300,000 people remained in temporary shelters, disaster officials said.
As per data from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), the death toll from Typhoon Gener stood at 53 while the toll from the southwest monsoon was placed at 19.
“It’s getting better in the capital region,” Susana Cruz, regional head of the civil defence office, told reporters. “We’re still distributing food and potable water to the affected communities, but we’re also helping local government units in their cleanup efforts.”
Schools remained shut for the third day to house displaced families. Public and private offices reopened.
The monsoon rains, which dumped about 300 mm (12 inches), or three times the daily average, from late Monday to Tuesday, were the heaviest in three years, the weather bureau said, as a typhoon lashed east China where hundreds of thousands of people had been evacuated in advance.
The bureau has lifted rainfall alerts, forecasting light to intermittent showers for the next 12-24 hours. By mid-day, the sun was up for the first time in weeks.
President Benigno Aquino III toured temporary shelter areas and helped distribute rations. He said shanty towns along river banks and coastal areas would be dismantled and relocated to safer ground.
Outside Manila, home to 12 million people, many of them living in slum conditions, wide areas of the rice-producing plains of the northern Luzon island remained under waist-to-neck-deep water, forcing residents to move around in canoes and on makeshift rafts.
Enterprising villagers were building small boats to make a living. “We’ll have nothing to eat if I don’t work,” Eduardo Ortega said, as he transported people across flooded areas.
“We have run out of money, we have run out of food. We haven’t received any relief goods.”
Six provinces near Manila were placed under a state of calamity, including the key rice-growing provinces of Bataan, Bulacan and Pampanga.
The Agriculture Deparment estimated the damage so far to crops, mainly rice, at 167.9 million pesos ($4.02 million). — Reuters with GMA News
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