7 of 10 SINKING; Two-thirds of Philippines turns into 'water world'! Half of Manila was swamped by floods as high as three meters, worsened by high tide! This is worst floods since 2009!

Philippines SINKING:

/ Disaster officials said over half of Manila was swamped by floods as high as three meters, worsened by a high tide and the release of water from dams in surrounding provinces.

Deadly torrential rains submerged much of the Philippine capital and surrounding areas on Tuesday, forcing nearly 270,000 people to flee their homes with more flooding expected in the north of the country as a tropical storm passes through the region, officials said. Steady rains for the past 10 days, killing more than 50 people, are set to continue until Wednesday, the Philippines weather bureau said, fuelled by tropical storm "Haikui" in the Philippine Sea northeast of Taiwan. The storm is headed for China's Zhejiang province where more than 250,000 people have been evacuated ahead of expected landfall late on Wednesday. "It's like Waterworld," said Benito Ramos, head of the Philippines national disaster agency, referring to a Hollywood movie about a flooded world. Schools, financial markets, and public and private offices were ordered shut, including outsourcing firms whose corporate clients are mainly from the United States and Europe. "The floods are so deep where we live, we don't want a repeat of Typhoon Ketsana a few years ago," Melanio David, a father of four, told Reuters. "We got scared so we evacuated last night." /

/ Endless rain, resulting in floods and mudflows, drenched northern, central and southern Luzon, Metro Manila. Twenty-two people, including seven missing, died as Tropical Storm Haikui, 300 northeast of Taiwan, triggered low pressure areas that drenched northern, central and southern Luzon, Metro Manila and central Philippines with endless rains, resulting in floods and mudflows, and turned two-thirds of the country into a virtual “water-world,” officials said. All rivers surrounding Metro Manila were swollen. There was high tide after lunch, helping floods to rise and damage more villages and major streets. /

/ Some 199,485 families (or about one million individuals based on an average of 5 per family) across 11 regions in the country have been affected by heavy flooding and landslides caused by incessant rain, authorities said. /

/ 'Unprecedented' heavy rain to continue until Thursday. It's a flood without a name. Unlike 2009's Ondoy, the deluge of August 7 was not accompanied by a storm, hence the absence of a common handle for a flood that easily recalled its infamous predecessor. /

/ Some 42,000 families in Laguna province were affected by massive floods brought about by heavy rains Tuesday. Laguna Governor ER Ejercito said in a television interview that local officials were monitoring the conditions of families who fled their homes and sought shelter to the province’s 114 evacuation centers. /

/ Thirteen of the 14 barangays (villages) in the city of Navotas are experiencing flooding on Tuesday morning. Knee-deep floods are on NBBS, Bangkulasi, Bagumbayan South, and Bagumbayan North. Finally, gutter-deep floods were seen on North Bay Boulevard North, Navotas West, Navotas East, San Jose, Daanghari, and Tangos. /

/ Quezon City. An unidentified male resident added that the area often gets flooded, but this was the worst they had ever experienced. "Pinakamalala," he said. /

/ Taguig City has evacuated 170 families in eight evacuation areas, as early as 2 a.m. Tuesday. The worst of the flooding struck Barangay Bagumbayan, with waist-high waters, said city rescue chief Ronald Galicia in a phone interview. /

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Philippines:

22 dead as two-thirds of Philippines turns into 'water world'

Endless rain, resulting in floods and mudflows, drenched northern, central and southern Luzon, Metro Manila

Manila: Twenty-two people, including seven missing, died as Tropical Storm Haikui, 300 northeast of Taiwan, triggered low pressure areas that drenched northern, central and southern Luzon, Metro Manila and central Philippines with endless rains, resulting in floods and mudflows, and turned two-thirds of the country into a virtual “water-world,” officials said.

Five members of the Baylon family, including Cecille, 40, Jessica, 20, Jinjin, 16, Jason, 7; and a three-week old baby died at the East Avenue Medical Centre where they were rushed after their bodies were recovered from a landslide that buried nine people and five houses in a slum area in Litex, Commonwealth Village, suburban Quezon City, said Undersecretary Benito Ramos, head of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

Four of those who were unearthed from the mudslide in Litex were found alive, Ramos said, adding that many shanties in slum areas were also damaged by the landslide.

Meanwhile, four drowned in northern suburban Bulacan; two also drowned in southern Luzon’s Batangas; and one remained missing after being carried by a surging river in central Luzon’s Bataan. The three provinces were hit by floods, Ramos said.

Metro Manila and nearby provinces were paralysed.

All rivers surrounding Metro Manila were swollen. There was high tide after lunch, helping floods to rise and damage more villages and major streets.

The Epifanio de los Santos (EDSA), a major thoroughfare that traverses northern and southern suburban areas was spared from floods and remained passable.

Houses in high-end Provident Villages in eastern suburban Marikina were flooded up to the second floor.

Several families called on TV and radio stations, saying they have been on their rooftops since early morning of Tuesday.

At night-time government agencies had not succeeded in rescuing all the people who were on their rooftops.

Policemen and military men used rubber boats to rescue residents and to give relief assistance.

“Some rubber boats were damaged. Those who gave assistance also fell from their rubber boats because of the rampaging floods,” said a radio report.

A stroke patient almost fell from a rubber boat when he was rescued from his house.

Patients at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Hospital in Manila were transferred to the fifth floor when the ground floor of the hospital was flooded early morning of Tuesday. The entire university complex was also flooded until night of Tuesday.

Dams in all affected areas reached their critical level, prompting authorities to open several gates which also flooded several nearby areas. Small houses fell one by one in those areas, said a TV report.

Two days of endless rains affected 179,026 families or 808,697 people, said Ramos.

About 543,951 families or 250,200 people were in 85 hastily erected evacuation centres, said Ramos, adding that 49,911 families or 231,508 people have left their homes and stayed with relatives who live on safer grounds.

Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista kept knocking at private schools to open their gates and allow homeless people to stay.

The number of dead, missing, and affected families could rise further because the rains ermained unabated until night of Tuesday.

“We will not sleep tonight,” said a rescuer.

About 21 storms ravage the Philippines every year.

http://gulfnews.com/news/world/philippines/22-dead-as-two-thirds-of...

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Floods leave 4 dead in Laguna; 42,000 families affected

MANILA, Philippines — Some 42,000 families in Laguna province were affected by massive floods brought about by heavy rains Tuesday.

Laguna Governor ER Ejercito said in a television interview that local officials were monitoring the conditions of families who fled their homes and sought shelter to the province’s 114 evacuation centers.

Four persons have been confirmed dead in Laguna–three drowned while another died after being hit by a falling tree.

The province has since been placed under a state of calamity and classes in all levels have been suspended.

Ejercito pointed to the overflowing Laguna de Bay as one of their major problems in the area, saying that they hoped that efforts to rehabilitate the lake would be taken up soon.

Aside from amphibians and trucks which could be used in transporting stranded Laguna residents to their homes or evacuation centers, the governor said that they were also badly in need of relief goods.

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/244907/floods-leave-4-dead-in-laguna-4...

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13 villages in Navotas City flooded

MANILA, Philippines—Thirteen of the 14 barangays (villages) in the city of Navotas are experiencing flooding on Tuesday morning.

The Navotas City Government said as of 11 a.m. on Tuesday, waist-deep floods were seen on parts of Barangays San Rafael village, North Bay Boulevard South (NBBS), San Roque, and Tanza.

Knee-deep floods are on NBBS, Bangkulasi, Bagumbayan South, and Bagumbayan North.

Finally, gutter-deep floods were seen on North Bay Boulevard North, Navotas West, Navotas East, San Jose, Daanghari, and Tangos.

Navotas rescue officials have brought a total of 64 families in various areas to evacuation centers but rescue rounds still continue.

All barangay halls and public schools in Navotas have been opened as evacuation centers.

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/244557/13-villages-in-navotas-city-flo...

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'Unprecedented' heavy rain to continue until Thursday

It's a flood without a name.

Unlike 2009's Ondoy, the deluge of August 7 was not accompanied by a storm, hence the absence of a common handle for a flood that easily recalled its infamous predecessor.

The disaster is far from over, as forecasters say Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon will continue to experience heavy rain until Thursday. The southwest monsoon is being enhanced by a tropical storm near Taiwan.
 
In a briefing on Tuesday, GMA News' resident meteorologist Nathaniel Cruz said the amount of rainfall dumped by the southwest monsoon is “unprecedented” since no cyclones have been spotted within the Philippine area of responsibility.
 
Cruz said that based on data from PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration), the southwest monsoon has already poured 323.4 millimeters of rain during the past 24 hours — more than half the average rainfall of 504 millimeters for the entire month of August.
 
“We need to re-analyze what happened. As far as I am concerned, hindi pa ito nangyayari before na purely southwest monsoon lang ang nagpaulan ng ganito karami,” he said.

Cruz added that this figure is still below the amount of rainfall brought by Tropical Storm Ondoy as recorded by PAGASA in September 2009.

The weather disturbance poured 455 millimeters of rain over Metro Manila and nearby provinces from 8 a.m. on Sept. 26, 2009 to 8 a.m. the following day.
 
PAGASA said heavy rains experienced over much of Luzon, including Metro Manila, were caused by the southwest monsoon enhanced by Tropical Storm Haikui located 300 kilometers northeast of Taiwan.

The intense rainfall has caused neck-deep floods in parts of Quezon City and forced many families to flee their homes.

‘Antecedent condition’
 
Cruz likewise explained that the amount of rain brought by Typhoon Gener, which hit  Luzon last week, served as an “antecedent condition” for the southwest monsoon to cause heavy flooding in Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon.
 
“’Yung sinimulan ni Gener, tinatapos ni Haikui. Kaya kahit walang legitimate weather system sa Philippine area of responsibility, patuloy ang pag-ulan,” he said.
 
He added that while the expected average rainfall for Tuesday night will only be within the normal rate of 4 millimeters per hour, problems with drainage systems and land use may still amplify the effects of the southwest monsoon.
 
In its bulletin posted at 1 p.m. Monday, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said over 8,000 people have already been affected by the nonstop rains caused by the southwest monsoon in four regions of the country.
 
President Benigno Aquino III has assured the public that the government is exerting its “maximum effort” to help those affected by the torrential rains. — RSJ/HS, GMA News

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/268670/news/nation/unprecedent...

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Monsoon rains swamp Philippine capital, markets shut

MANILA (Reuters) - Deadly torrential rains submerged much of the Philippine capital and surrounding areas on Tuesday, forcing nearly 270,000 people to flee their homes with more flooding expected in the north of the country as a tropical storm passes through the region, officials said.

Steady rains for the past 10 days, killing more than 50 people, are set to continue until Wednesday, the Philippines weather bureau said, fuelled by tropical storm "Haikui" in the Philippine Sea northeast of Taiwan. The storm is headed for China's Zhejiang province where more than 250,000 people have been evacuated ahead of expected landfall late on Wednesday.

"It's like Waterworld," said Benito Ramos, head of the Philippines national disaster agency, referring to a Hollywood movie about a flooded world.

Schools, financial markets, and public and private offices were ordered shut, including outsourcing firms whose corporate clients are mainly from the United States and Europe.

Disaster officials said over half of Manila was swamped by floods as high as three meters, worsened by a high tide and the release of water from dams in surrounding provinces.

President Benigno Aquino, in an emergency meeting briefly interrupted by a power failure at the main army base in Manila, ordered officials to exert maximum effort to aid residents in flooded areas. Officials have deployed army troops, police and emergency workers with rubber boats and amphibious trucks.

The monsoon rains, which dumped about 300 mm (12 inches) or three times the daily average of 80-100 mm from late Monday to Tuesday, were the heaviest in three years, the weather bureau said.

Typhoon Ketsana, which swamped 80 percent of the capital in 2009, aided a monsoon downpour of more than 450 mm (18 inches) in a 24-hour period.

MAJOR ROADS INUNDATED

Most major roads in Manila were inundated by knee- to waist-deep floodwaters. Some flights were delayed or cancelled. Power, water and communications in flooded areas were disrupted.

Some of the affected residents were marooned on the roofs of their houses.

"There are about 5,000 people here," said Ester Ronabio, a public school teacher and volunteer in one of the temporary shelter areas in low-lying Marikina City in the eastern part of Manila. "We can't control the flow of people."

In a sign of the difficult scramble to move people to safety, Aquino appealed to an anti-graft court to release dozens of rubber boats held as evidence in a case against senior police officials for use in evacuation efforts.

Residents of Manila expressed concern the rains were a repeat of Typhoon Ketsana which killed more than 700 people and destroyed $1 billion worth of private and public property.

"The floods are so deep where we live, we don't want a repeat of Typhoon Ketsana a few years ago," Melanio David, a father of four, told Reuters. "We got scared so we evacuated last night."

www.msnbc.msn.com

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Neck-deep floods force Marikina, QC residents to evacuate, flee to rooftops

(Updated 10:05 a.m.) - More than 700 families from Bgy. Bagong Silangan in Marikina were forced into evacuation centers, while residents of Bgy. Kristong Hari in Quezon City had to flee to their rooftops as incessant torrential rains inundated many parts of Metro Manila on Tuesday.
 
Ivan Mayrina reported on the GMA-7 program Unang Hirit that 763 families crowded into Bgy Bagong Silangan's covered courts due to mandatory evacuation in the area.  
 
Because of the floods, the local government had to open four classrooms at the Bagong Silangan Elementary School, and has converted the community church and public market into additional evacuation centers.
 
The barangay was one of the worst affected areas due to its proximity to the Marikina River, where the water level has reached more than 19.3 meters as of 8:55 am.
 
Residents have described the water level as "abot bewang" or waist-high, and have also reported that the local foot bridge is now underwater.
 
Due to the rush in evacuating residents, most of them were unable to bring basic necessities and have asked for food, clothing, and beds.

Quezon City
 
Meanwhile, Unang Hirit also received a call for help from residents of Barangay Kristong Hari.
 
"Lubog po ang mga bahay!" cried one resident, Marivic Buenafe, on television. "Dito po kami, nasa taas [on the roof]."
 
An unidentified male resident added that the area often gets flooded, but this was the worst they had ever experienced. "Pinakamalala," he said.

GMA News Online received a similar report from Anne Hermosa Siping, a resident of Barangay Dona Imelda in Quezon City. She said residents were also forced to seek higher ground, mainly on the roofs of their houses.

Meanwhile, around 30 people remain stranded on rooftops as floodwaters continued to rise in Roxas District, Quezon City, GMA's Unang Hirit reported.
 
While local authorities have advised evacuation in low-lying areas as early as Monday evening, some people continued to remain in their homes but they are now asking for help and immediate evacuation.
 
Residents are also asking Meralco to cut power, particularly along Gumamela Street, as houses are now underwater. The bridge from E. Rodriguez Avenue on the way to St. Lukes Medical Center is also underwater. –Adrian Dy and Patricia Denise Chiu, KG/YA, GMA News

http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/268621/news/metromanila/neck-d...

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Rain affects nearly a million in 11 regions

MANILA, Philippines - Some 199,485 families (or about one million individuals based on an average of 5 per family) across 11 regions in the country have been affected by heavy flooding and landslides caused by incessant rain, authorities said.

Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman said on Tuesday, August 7, the government has mobilized teams to extend relief to the families, many of whom are now located in evacuation centers. (See list of evacuation centers in Metro Manila here.)

Soliman said there are 100 evacuation centers in 11 regions affected by monsoon rain, 42 of which are in the National Capital Region.

Damage to crops and property was estimated at P411 million as of Tuesday morning.

Earlier, at least 20,000 people were reported displaced as water from spilling dams and rivers covered at least 50% of Metro Manila.

Fifteen national roads in the capital are also impassable due to high water levels.

Soliman said the government has so far spent P12.9 million in relief assistance to the affected families. Of the amount, P6.1 million came from the DSWD, P6.2 million from local government units, and P654,000 from non-government organizations.

There is no typhoon in the country at the moment, but one near Taiwan is affecting the southwest monsoon, bringing rain over Luzon.

Rain has been non-stop since Typhoon Gener (international name Saola) which left the country last week. Death toll from the sustained downpour has risen to 53 Tuesday, disaster authorities said.

The state weather bureau said heavy rainfall will continue for the next 24 hours. - Rappler.com

http://www.rappler.com/nation/9982-nearly-200,000-families-affected...

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Taguig evacuates residents; relief operations ongoing

MANILA, Philippines—Taguig City has evacuated 170 families in eight evacuation areas, as early as 2 a.m. Tuesday.

The worst of the flooding struck Barangay Bagumbayan, with waist-high waters, said city rescue chief Ronald Galicia in a phone interview.

Bagumbayan residents have been evacuated to the JK building along Laura drive.

Barangay Sta. Ana residents were also evacuated to the Taguig Elementary School; Barangay Tuktukan to the R. Papa Elementary School; Barangay Ususan to the local elementary school; Barangay Katuparan to the Diosdado Macapagal Elementary School, Barangay Hagonoy to the Taguig Science high school, and Barangay New Lower Bicutan to the RP Cruz Elementary School.

Evacuation has stopped as of 11 a.m. as rainfall abated momentarily in the city and as the rescue unit focused on assisting the city social welfare department. Relief goods and blankets, good for three days, have been distributed to the evacuation centers.

Galicia said they will be installing portalets in the evacuation centers by Tuesday night.

Galicia also said main roads in the city are passable, but vehicles are avoiding roads and streets near waterways.

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/244565/taguig-evacuates-residents-reli...

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Comment by astrogal50 on August 8, 2012 at 4:26pm

You know the cover-up artists will have a bad day when they are forced to use one earth change (abnormal, torrential rain, Zetas right again!) to cover up an even more inconvenient earth change (the 7 of 10 sinking only the Zetas predicted).

Please note the bit of truth provided, but not explained, by The New York Times:  Flooding is coming from the sea too!

The cover up is desperate to pretend such events are not that odd by pointing to other, similar events, no matter how far back they have to go.  But, once again, earth changes that occurred after Planet X arrived in the inner solar system in 2003 are used as "evidence" that such incredible flooding is a known phenomena as it also happened just 3 years ago.  Ouch!

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Rains Flood a Third of Manila Area, Displacing Thousands

MANILA —At least a third of this overpopulated capital and its suburbs were submerged on Tuesday as torrential rains battered the city and floodwaters poured in from almost all sides.

A silted lake in the south sent water coursing into an overflowing river that slices through Manila; water poured from the open floodgates of a dam to the north, and high tide brought flooding from the bay to the west....  The flooding is the worst to hit the area since two storms in 2009 killed more than 900 people....

... In addition, the bay beside Manila has swelled during high tide in recent days.

The flooding provoked fears of a repeat of the typhoons Ketsana and Parma, which struck within a week in 2009. Those storms caused flooding that affected more than nine million people and killed 929, according to the government disaster relief agency.... [Emphasis added.]  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/08/world/asia/flooding-in-philippine... 

Comment by astrogal50 on August 7, 2012 at 4:08pm

The slow advance of the 7 of 10 events in Asia continues.  If "torrential rain" were the actual cause of unprecedented flooding happening in this and other parts of the world, then why wasn't there such massive, frequent flooding on this scale in the past? "Rain" is not new and, unfortunately, neither is the cover up of Planet X.

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