MANILA (UPDATE)- Around 14,000 residents have been pre-emptively evacuated as rains triggered by the southwest monsoon continue to dampen parts of Luzon, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
NDRRMC spokesperson Mark Timbal said this was done as a precaution against floods and overflowing rivers around communities. The number includes residents who have evacuated as Marikina River overflowed early Saturday morning .
"As of this morning, nagkaroon tayo ng 14,000 katao na nag-evacuate. Bilang pagiingat sa posibleng pagtaas ng baha at pag-apaw ng ilog sa kanilang communities. Sa Marikina City ongoing ang proseso ng pag-eevacuate dahil minamatyagaan ang ilog na ito," Timbal said.
(As of this morning, we have tallied around 14,000 evacuees in response to floods and overflowing rivers in their respective communities. Evacuation is ongoing in Marikina because of the river.)
The disaster council also noted evacuations around Taytay, San Mateo, and Rodriguez town in neighboring province Rizal. It was also consolidating reports around Mimaropa, where landslides have also occurred as a mixed reaction to the rains and the magnitude 6.6 earthquake which struck off neighboring Batangas province earlier this morning.
Authorities have also dismissed the quake's connection to the restive activity around Taal, which has since been lowered to Alert Level 2 from Alert Level 3. NDRRMC is assessing whether or not affected residents can return home after weeks of evacuation.
"Ang disaster council ay sinusuri ang sitwasyon kung pwede na maguwian ang kababayan. Patuloy ang natatanggap na tulong, at ang pagbabantay laban sa COVID-19... Sumunod sa minimum health standards, para makaiwas sa sakit ang ating mga kababayan," Timbal said.
(The disaster council is still assessing if we can send affected residents home. Relief efforts are ongoing, and we are taking precautions against COVID-19, so we should comply with minimum health standards to avoid getting sick.)
Tropical depression Fabian brought monsoon rains which dampened areas in Luzon, triggering floods and landslides in areas such as Metro Manila, the Cordilleras, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, and Mimaropa the past couple of days.
HABAGAT POUNDS LUZON, PARTS OF VISAYAS
Authorities evacuated hundreds of families in Rizal and in Southern Luzon, particularly in Cavite and Oriental Mindoro.
The Philippine Coast Guard said 212 families or at least 700 individuals were evacuated in the towns of Naic, Ternate at Noveleta in Cavite.
The evacuees were taken to evacuation centers due to dangerous floods in their towns, the coast guard added.
In Cainta, Mayor Kit Nieto said some 800 residents from barangays San Isidro, San Andres, San Juan and Sto. Domingo were evacuated, too.
“ ’Yung ulan at baha rito is not primarily caused by the rains that fall within our town. ’Yang ulan na ’yan galing sa higher grounds kasi kami ’yung nasa baba,” he said.
(The flooding here is caused by water coming from higher grounds. We have become a catch basin.)
A total of 275 families made up of at least 871 individuals are currently staying at evacuation centers in Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro, after floodwaters reached the second floor of some houses.
Twenty villages there are submerged in flood due to heavy rains over the past few days, Mayor Arnan Panaligan said on Teleradyo.
Meanwhile, 138 houses in some of Iloilo's coastal barangays were destroyed on Friday due to the strong winds brought by the southwest monsoon and enhanced by Typhoon Fabian.
The affected residents in the villages of Oton, Tigbauan, Guimbal, and Miag-ao towns are at evacuation centers, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office has said.
'MORE THAN ENOUGH RELIEF'
Timbal also added that they have "more than enough relief support" in response to the weather disturbance.
In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Department of Social Welfare and Development's (DSWD) central and field offices have funds prepositioned for relief response.
Roque said DSWD has P849.5 million standby funds, and P169.18 million worth of prepositioned goods, with food and non-food items amounting to P676.5 million.
"These are readily available to augment the resources of the local government units (LGUs). As to assistance provided, the LGUs have initially extended assistance to affected families in Orion and Samal, Bataan, San Antonio, Zambales and in Balbalan, Kalinga,"
Roque said, adding that Malacanang was "closely monitoring" the weather, particularly in areas prone to floods and landslides.
Clearing operations around areas with landslides are also being conducted, particularly around Sablayan in Occidental Mindoro; Embrangga-an in Barbaza, Antique; Loacan and Virac in Itogon, Benguet; Alno, La Trinidad in Benguet; Taloy Sur in Tuba, Benguet.
"We ask residents of affected areas to remain alert and vigilant, take precautionary measures, and cooperate with their respective local authorities in case of an evacuation," Roque said.