MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE 3) - The cities of San Juan, Pasay, Pasig and Pateros are now under a state of calamity due to massive flooding.
Pasig City Mayor Bobby Eusebio said half of the city's barangays are flooded due to nonstop rains in the past 11 days. He said some 3,700 families have fled their homes and are now staying in 27 evacuation sites all over the city.
"We've delivered generators, food and tents as well as used clothes to the evacuation centers," he said in a radio dzMM interview.
The mayor said he has sent teams to De Castro, Countryside, Metropolis, Bautista and Marietta to rescue residents who have stayed on rooftops to escape the floods and encourage other families to evacuate. He said some barangays near creeks have chest-high floods.
San Juan City Mayor JV Ejercito also declared a state of calamity in the city and suspended classes in all levels for both public and private schools for Thursday, August 9.
Pasay Mayor Tony Calixto said the City Council decided to declare a state of calamity after massive flooding affected some 25,000 families.
He said even the city's main thoroughfare has been affected by the floods.
Similarly, Pateros Mayor Joey Medina said the declaration will help officials tap needed calamity funds to help flood victims.
He said classes on all levels for both private and public schools in the city are also suspended on Thursday.