Tropical storm Fung-Wong dumped heavy rains on the Metro Manila region of the Philippines, where more than 33,000 families in our programs live. Flooding forced evacuations and schools and offices to close. Unbound staff members in the area are sending us reports as the storm sweeps through the nation’s capital region, home to more than 11 million people.
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From Tristan John Cabrera, Unbound’s communications liaison in the Philippines
I’ve sent another batch of photos from my field coverage of Typhoon Fung-Wong. It is so hard to see our brothers and sisters in the evacuation centers. Even if they are inside the covered court [a covered outdoor area], they still get wet because of the wind carrying rain entering the court.
The mother of Patrick told me they have not eaten their lunch and dinner yet. They are only hoping for the assistance coming from the local government unit and from the volunteers. They are in the second floor of the school building, aside from the crowded area, and there is no electricity.
“We cannot go back to our home yet because it is still in a deep flood,” Patrick said.
Every time this heavy flooding happens, they usually stay at the evacuation center for three days, sometimes for almost a week. The Unbound Manila, Antipolo and Quezon programs assure that there will be immediate food assistance given to all our affected families [of sponsored children and elders] early in the morning tomorrow.
The weather bureau reported that the rain will continue to fall until tomorrow morning. The typhoon will exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Sunday morning. Officials have declared a state of calamity in Cainta, Rizal and Dagupan, Pangasinan and in Marikina City where heavy flooding has been reported.
Aside from overflowing rivers, two dams are also above spilling level as of 4 p.m. [Philippine time], according to Manila Water. Ipo dam water level at Norzagaray, Bulacan is at least 1.73 meters above spilling level while La Mesa dam water level in Quezon City is above spilling level of 80.15 meters. That intensifies the flooding in the low-lying areas like Rizal and Marikina.
Monitoring continues … tomorrow for the relief operation.
From Malou Navio, coordinator Unbound’s Antipolo program
The Unbound Antipolo’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Team began roaming at early dawn (4 a.m.) around the communities where sponsored [members] live to see their situation and check their preparedness on calamity. We advised those in flooded and flood-prone areas to evacuate and leave their homes.
We were able to reach out this whole day to the eight towns of Rizal Province and Pasig that have communities with sponsored families. Three towns we cannot reach due to [roads] being non-passable.
The number of sponsored families whose homes were at different heights of floodwaters were: up to knee high, 515; waist high, 241; chest high, 83; neck high, 74; and roof high, 21. Other families lost their belongings in the current of the floodwaters. There are 262 who are at the evacuation centers (public school or basketball courts.)
At this moment (night) some of our DRRM team has just arrived from rescuing a sponsored family and an aging at the boundary of Pasig and Cainta. They were marooned by chest-high floodwaters.
There were some families who said that they have not yet recovered from fatigue from when Typhoons Glenda and Luis hit them.
Our DRRM team was able to feed with hot champorado (chocolate rice porridge) the 203 sponsored and non-sponsored children at the two evacuation centers and provide rice to 15 families who could cook at the evacuation sites.
Our DRRM team is a combined force of ERPATs [fathers of sponsored children trained disaster response], staff and some mother leaders, and is spearheaded by the ERPATs. In times of calamity, we stop from our office routine for DRRM work.
The news says that more rain will fall tomorrow. Let’s pray for the sun to appear intermittently.
Together in constant thoughts and prayers,
Malou and the DRRM team
From Mavic Ihap, coordinator of Unbound’s Quezon program
Just to give you an update today about [tropical storm] Mario with international name Fung-Wong. … Around 9 a.m. the national government declared suspension of classes and work in Metro Manila, but our Pambuhay leaders keep us posted through their cellphones.
All of our subprojects [program areas] in Metro Manila are affected by the flood. To date, we have 1,060 sponsored families evacuated in the nearest public schools while others moved to higher ground.
The flood reaches their homes approximately more than 10 feet.
Our Pambuhay Parents Council will initiate providing porridge, macaroni soup and bread for those who stay in the evacuation center tomorrow while our staff will provide relief assistance to our affected families.