Metro Manila seen to normalize in next few days

Posted at 08/12/12 6:02 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) expects Metro Manila and nearby provinces to normalize in the next two to three days after being beset by heavy rains and floods.

"It (flooding) has subsided. We can go back to normal already in about two or three days, the (displaced) people would have returned to their homes, except those whose houses were destroyed [and] who will be sustained in evacuation centers longer," NDRRMC executive director and concurrent Office of Civil Defense administrator Benito Ramos said.

He said there are no longer flooded areas in Metro Manila, although a small number of low-lying areas in Bulacan, specifically in Obando and Meycauayan, are still flooded at this time.

In the next few days, debris from the streets should have already been gathered and cleaned of mud, he added.

"We are focused on relief, clean-up and recovery….I sent people to help in re-packing relief goods…Our reservists are helping the MMDA (Metro Manila Development Authority) in the clean-up of the debris," he said.

The NDRRMC reported on Sunday that the death toll from the south monsoon rains has reached 85. Ten have been injured, while eight remain missing.

It said 60 of the fatalities died due to drowning.

It also reported that 679,057 families or 3,067,500 persons have been affected in the NCR, Ilocos region, Central Luzon, MIMAROPA, and Western Visayas. Of the number, 92,093 families or 430,125 persons are inside 948 evacuation centers.